Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John Hodgins Smith

In memory of:

Observer John Hodgins Smith

April 24, 1941

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


22 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information

Sgt. (Air Son of John Alfred and Laura Emma Smith, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 44 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cornwall, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row 1. Grave 4.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of John Smith– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “Sgt J.H. SMITH R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 65 reads: “Sgt Observer John Hodgins SMITH 22 Sqn RCAF. Former student in Applied Science and Engineering – Mining, 1933-34.  Killed in an air operation overseas, 24 April 1941.  Buried in St.  Illogan Churchyard, Illogan, Camborne-Redruth, Cornwall, England.”
  • Grave marker– The headstone of the war grave of John Hodgins Smith in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Illogan, Cornwall, UK. Photographed in March 2011.

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