Bob Smith’s Adelboden Album

This set of photographs was taken in Adelboden, Switzerland, after Robert Smith’s escape from Italy.

The three photos above are all dated August 1944.

Because we know that G. Norman Davison was in Adelboden for a time (he arrived during the winter of 1943-44 and departed in October 1944), and that Patrick Cahill escaped to Switzerland and may have been in Adelboden, we have studied these photographs for servicemen bearing a resemblance to either man.

In the snapshot of the strolling men, we think the fellow in the middle might be Patrick Cahill. Of this image, Dean Cahill writes, “The man in the middle does bear a resemblance to my grandfather. We have some post-war photos in which he seems to walk with the same swagger.”

The other two photos were apparently taken on a patio of a hospital or hotel. In the center photo, Bob is at left—apparently smoking a cigarette. In the bottom image, he is on the right. We don’t know the identities of anyone else in these photos.

Below, top photo: Bob is in the center of this group of three men and Swiss lads.

Second: Although we don’t know the identities of these five men, we think the fellow in the sweater vest bears a strong resemblance to G. Norman Davison.

Third: This photo is identified as taken in Adelboden, but the serviceman is not identified.

Bottom: On the back—”Love from Bob.” Of this photo, Bob’s niece Carole comments, “I think it looks very Lost Horizon!”

In his memoirs, In the Prison of His Days, G. Norman Davison describes Adelboden:

“We walked on packed snow into the village, a visitation to a scene like one sees on a Christmas card. It was beautiful and white and clean as far as the eye could see, glorious to behold especially with the tops of mountains glistening in the early morning sun. In normal times this place was a ski resort and its main venue came from visitors of many lands. Consequently, there were hotels and guest houses set in and around the main street, not a large number of them but enough to house probably six or seven hundred people in aggregate.”