A decorative testimonial presented by the City of Hawthorn, certifying that 'D.D. Smith Served the Empire and Australia in the Great War for the sacred cause of Freedom, Liberty and Justice, and thereby has earned the grateful recognition and appreciation of the Citizens'. Commemoration.

A decorative testimonial presented by the City of Hawthorn, certifying that 'D.D. Smith Served the Empire and Australia in the Great War for the sacred cause of Freedom, Liberty and Justice, and thereby has earned the grateful recognition and appreciation of the Citizens'

Melbourne, Printed by Goldsworthy & Davey, [1919] (this example was presented on 22 November 1919).

A colour pictorial certificate (visible dimensions 432 × 308 mm), with an attached paper seal and manuscript insertions (the calligraphic name of the recipient, and the signatures of two local government officials).

The certificate is matted and behind glass in a period-style wooden frame (external dimensions 618 × 462 mm); it is creased and lightly stained (confined mainly to the unprinted portion near the foot, which also has an overlapping tear approximately 50 mm long); overall, in decent condition, and now attractively presented.

1886 Gunner Donald Davidson Smith enlisted in Melbourne on 14 August 1915, and he was initially attached to the 8th Light Horse. Howeve3r, his service record indicates he ended up in the 42nd Battery AFA, by way of the 8th LHR, the 3rd LHR, and various Field Artillery Brigades. He was twice wounded in action. He returned to Australia on 8 June 1919. He received similar testimonials from the Shire of Swan Hill (9 July 1919) and the City of Brunswick (on 1 April 1922).

Item #117283

Price: $330.00

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