He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1975. Nathan grew up in Ostrea Lake on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. He attended Eastern Shore District High School in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. He graduated from the commercial diving course at Seneca College in Newmarket, Ontario in 1997.
He was killed with three others when an American laser-guided bomb was dropped on members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry taking part in a live-fire training exercise. Their deaths were the first of Canada's war in Afghanistan, and the first in a combat zone since the Korean War.
Camp Nathan Smith in Afghanistan was named after him.
- Sergeant Marc Léger
- Corporal Ainsworth Dyer
- Private Richard Green
- "Fallen four remain in hearts and minds" By Angelique Rodrigues, Edmonton Sun. 16 April 2012
- CBC News (Dec. 14, 2006). Canada in Afghanistan: Portraits of Fallen Soldiers
- The Roll Call of Honour. Tribute to Pte Nathan Lloyd Smith
- The Mail Star (November 10, 2003). Silver Cross Mother Proud of Son Nathan's Accomplishments.
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