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Regimental number845
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor's chainman
AddressC/o Mr Roberts, Existing Lines Dept, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinSister, Mrs Mary Smith, 18 Chapel Terrace, Loughborough, Leicester, England
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollHeadquarters Depts United Kingdom
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'At ST. YVES on the 4th June, 1917, during the removal of the Gas Cylinders, Private Jabez LESTER SMITH, under heavy artillery fire, showed great devotion to duty and determination in assisting in the complete removal of the whole of the Cylinders from the front line. Working in the open he carried Cylinders again and again openly exposed to the enemy's fire. By this cool consistent action he set a fine example to his fellow workers, helping them to carry on until this most difficult task was complete.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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