Date Of Execution: 16 Nov 1874
Execution Place: Winchester
20th Hussars: Murder of Capt. BIRD, in revenge for slight punishment;
Smith was a private in the 20th Hussars, sentenced to death at the Old Bailey by Mr Justice Lush on 28th October, for the murder of a Captain Bird at Aldershot. On 13th September, the officer had inflicted a punishment drill on the young soldier which he resented, and in a rage he shot Bird dead. His defence claimed it was an accident and that there was no malice between the two men, while the prosecution proved the opposite. Smith was hanged by William Marwood on the 16th November 1874 in Winchester.