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Rifleman Sydney Smith served with the 2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment after embarking with the NZ Rifle Brigade. He earned the Military Medal (MM) on 5th November 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the battle front in France. He reached the rank of Corporal (Lance-Sergeant)

London Gazette 3 July 1919 Page 8358 states:

Operations: British front in the vicinity of the Foret de Mormal 5 November 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  During the above operations, the company to which Sergeant Smith belongs attacked.  On reaching the  edge of the wood, near the final objective, he led his platoon in a charge against three enemy machine guns with great bravery.  This party killed the whole of two gun crews and captured the third.  Later, he went on to the last possible position and consolidated.  His initiative, daring and coolness inspired his platoon with great confidence and with the true spirit of the offensive and throughout the day he rendered very valuable service to his company.