John Smith was a young boy when he began his life on the road. Although not a well taught school boy, what he experienced on the road you cannot learn from books. He grew into a strong and able fighter, some self-taught through reading and hard practicing. His survival, combat skills and other traits came from harrowing battles. This part describes his early years before the trip across the ocean.
from the picture book by Elmer Boyd-Smith (1860-1943)
Window in St Helena’s Church, Willoughby, displaying Smith’s coat of arms photo taken by Richard Croft