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Alexander "Sandy" Smith

 

Date and Place of Birth: September 8, 1890 Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date and Place of Death:    September 2, 1918 France
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Third Base
Rank: Corporal
Military Unit: 72nd Battalion, British Columbia Regiment, Canadian Infantry
Area Served: France

Alexander "Sandy" Smith, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Smith, was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Canada, on September 8, 1890. He played third base for the Port Hood Royals amateur baseball team from 1910 to 1912. The Royals were one of the best ball teams in the province and often boosted their roster with "imports" from Boston.

In late 1912, Smith moved to Vancouver to live with his sister, Ada. With the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted with the army and was stationed at Camp Vernon, British Columbia, before arriving in England with the 72nd Battalion, British Columbia Regiment, in April 1917. Pretty soon, Smith was in France and was wounded in combat on three occasions. He was awarded the Military Medal in April 1918, for bravery in the field, and was sent to England for medical treatment in May 1918.

Smith was promoted corporal in August 1918. He was killed in action in France on September 2, 1918, six days before his 28th birthday. Three days later, his brother, Edward, was also killed in action.

Corporal Alexander Smith is buried at the Wancourt British Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France.

Port Hood Royals 1910

The Port Hood Royals of 1910 (Sandy Smith is middle row, second from left)

Date Added October 20, 2016

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