A barber's assistant, David Esplin Smith, the son of Mungo and Rebecca Smith, enlisted on 28 November 1915 but was discharged on 12 February 1916 for being under-age. Enlisting again, he joined C Squadron, No. 2 Royal Flying Corps Cadet Wing on 14 May 1917. With 20 Squadron in the summer of 1918, Smith scored six victories flying the Bristol Fighter. Shot down by Jasta 56 on 14 August 1918, Smith was killed but his observer, John Hills, survived and was captured.