Asiago Plateau 1918

Section from Pen and Ink drawing by R. M. Bush 1925
"Collecting Post 1/3 South Midland Field Ambulance. Asiago Plateau November 1st 1918. Major H.J. Drew Smythe, M.C. in charge."


Capt. (A./Maj.) Henry James Drew Smythe, l/3rd (S.M.) Fld.. Amb., R.A.M.C., T.F. (Italy).

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 31st October and 1st and 2nd November, 1918. He was in charge of the front line evacuation during all the active operations on the Asiago front. He made a personal reconnaissance of the front and its approaches to establish the line of evacuation. On 3rd November he was ordered to withdraw his bearers, and in spite of intense shelling he personally saw to the withdrawal and brought all his men safely back, though slightly wounded himself. During the subsequent attacks he spent thirty hours visiting posts and encouraging bearers, often under intense shell fire and machine-gun fire. It was mainly owing to his disregard of danger, initiative, and devotion to duty, that the long line of evacuation was kept working smoothly.

His medal group was sold at auction.