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Leonard Arthur SMEED

Regimental number50
Place of birthEdenbridge, Kent, England
SchoolPublic School, Western Australia
Age on arrival in Australia13
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressGuildford Road, Bayswater, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 6.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Flora Ann Smeed, Guildford Road, Bayswater, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 13 years in Voluntary Military Headquarters Band, Western Australia, and in 11th Australian Infantry Regiment (resigned).
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameArmy Field Post Office Details (November 1915)
AWM Embarkation Roll number17/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Medina on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSon: 64281 Pte Arthur Lacey SMEED, 10th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.
FateDied of wounds (self-inflicted) 8 August 1916
Place of death or woundingCalais, France
Date of death10 June 1916
Age at death42
Age at death from cemetery records42
Place of burialCalais Southern Cemetery (Plot E, Row 1, Grave No. 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour, Commonwealth of Australia Building, Perth, Western Australia. Dedicated to 'Officers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918'. Parents: William Leonard and Mary Jane Smeed, 47 McCourt Street W, Leederville, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsSon: 64281 Pte Arthur Lacey SMEED, 10th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 28 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1919.

Listed as absent from duty without leave from 8 am, 10 June 1916; 'since that date nothing has been heard of him. The matter was placed in the hands of the Assistant Provost Marshal, Calais, on 11 June 1916.'

'The body of No 50 Sgt. Smeed L.A. was amitted to the 36th General Hospital mortuary, 6 July 1916; dead on arrival (gun shot wound, head).

Court of Inquiry, No 1 Camp, Calais, 13 July 1916, found that Smeed was not on duty and was to blame. Date of death taken as 10 June-6 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMEED Leonard Arthur

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