THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
DIGBY-SMITH Alfred
24/25, Major, 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 16 August 1917, p8353
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  Although severely wounded (in the face by shrapnel) and suffering from gas he successfully led his company to its objective, and remained until consolidation was well underway and the situation secure.  He displayed great keenness and determination

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Conspicuous good work since the arrival of his Battalion in France last April, especially at the Somme during the period13th September to 3rd October when he showed untiring energy and ability as an organiser.  This officer's work is always conspicuous by its thoroughness.  He has been temporarily second-in-command of his Battalion since 7th August 1916

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
Mentioned in Field Marshal D. Haig's despatch of 7 November 1917, for distibguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period February 26th to midnight September 20-21st 1917.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal

NOTES
Born 18 July 1877, Dunedin, New Zealand
Died 10 May 1950, Dunedin, New Zealand
Ashes buried Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, (Ashes Block 124. Plot 14)