Topic: Robert Douglas Smith (1915-1941)

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Former Tauranga Distict High School student Robert Douglas Smith was killed in action on the island of Crete in 1941.

Robert Douglas Smith (1915-1941)Robert Douglas Smith was born on 3 October 1915. He obtained his Proficiency Certificate at Tauranga District High School and then worked as a registered electrician.

He enlisted from 14 Eleventh Avenue in Tauranga. In 1941 he embarked for Alexandria. He was hospitalised twice, once for rubella and then with tonsillitis.

He rejoined his unit in the 19th Army Troop as a sapper.

Robert was killed in action on 22 May 1941, on the Island of Crete.

Robert is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).



Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

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Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Robert Douglas Smith (1915-1941)

Note:Service Number: 32088
First Names:Robert Douglas
Last Name:Smith
Date of Birth:3 October 1915
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:22 May 1941
Place of death:Island of Crete
Place of burial:Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Occupation:Registered Electrician
Fathers name:Ernest Pryce Smith
Mothers name:Eliza Francis Lasky
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)