Thomas Smith, September 2, 1918
Thomas Smith arrived in Hilo from Edinburgh, Scotland in January 1912--age 22, 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall, fair skin, light hair, blue eyes. He soon started work as a luna in Honohina and remained in that position for over 5 years until leaving for Canada with another Hakalau luna, bound for the Front. He had registered for the U.S. draft in Hawaii as an "alien" from Britain in July 1917 but, in October 1917, finally joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Vancouver.
By March 1918, Hakalau Plantation had gained a reputation for the large number of "Britishers" going to the WWI front. Plantation Manager John M. Ross had 12 stars on the service flag at the Hakalau office. Thankfully, only one was killed.
Thomas Smith died of wounds received in action on the Western Front (France) on September 2, 1918, about 11 months after enlisting. He was buried at Fabourg-d'Amiens Cemetery in the town of Arras, France.