- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR ALEXANDER DANIEL SMITH; E.C.P.; 35; (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
- Person / Institution Subject, Smith, Private Alexander Daniel
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Smith, Alexander Daniel
Alexander Daniel Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 11 May 1896.
A waiter, Smith enlisted in the 169th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, in his hometown on 9 February 1916. He was later transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (4 CMR).
Little else is known about Smith’s service, other than that he was killed in action on 11 April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. According to the 4 CMR’s war diary, that day, the battalion suffered severe casualties (8 killed and 20 wounded) when its front line trenches were shelled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Relieved in the evening by companies from the 52nd and 60th battalions, the 4 CMR had considerable trouble getting to the rear due to a snowstorm, the broken condition of the ground, and the sheer exhaustion of the men, who had been in an active combat zone for over 65 hours.
Alexander Daniel Smith is buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery, Vimy, France.