[Lyman Cyrus Day-]Smith

Birth: December 24, 1918, Alberta
Death: December 16, 1944, Italy
Service: WWII
Service Number: Unknown

Although the name Smith does not appear on the Cenotaph, Smith Crescent was named after a fallen WWII serviceman. From research obtained in 2017, we can surmise that the name Smith may be in reference to Lyman Cyrus Day-Smith of Vancouver, BC. On his death registration, he is listed as single, aged 25 years, with an occupation of chartered accountant and student and with an address of 1565 16th Ave W., Vancouver, BC. His parents were Dr. Frank Charles Day-Smith (born April 27, 1882 in Guelph, Ontario; died in 1954 in Vancouver) and Hazel Courtice Day-Smith (born 1887; died 1979).

Dr. Frank Day-Smith graduated from the University of Toronto in 1909 and practiced in Alberta for some years. He married Hazel on August 14, 1912 in Lacombe, Alberta. They then moved to Vermilion, Alberta and then came to Vancouver in 1924, where he engaged in general practice. They had three children - Miriam, Alan and Lyman.

Frank and Hazel divorced around 1947. Hazel changed her named to Hazel Courtice Smith or just Hazel Smith. Hazel moved to Sea Island with her son Alan and his wife Jean; they lived on Miller Road. Hazel, Alan and Jean did not reside on Sea Island for long, and by 1950 they are listed as living back in Vancouver.

In 1948 Frank is listed as remarried with a new wife by the name of Vera.

Lyman was a Lieutenant with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, R.C.I.C. He died in action in Italy December 16, 1944 and is buried in the Ravenna War Cemetery.

For more information and a photograph of Lyman Cyrus Day-Smith, see Veterans Affairs Canada.

Note: Council passed a resolution on February 4, 1946 to name Smith Crescent in the Gray Subdivision (one of the Veterans' Land Act subdivisions) after a fallen serviceman named Smith.

History of the Road Name (Smith Crescent and Smith Drive):

  • Council Resolution to adopt road name: Council Minutes February 4, 1946, res. 8711, pg. 4