Richard James SMETHURST

Regimental number2517
Place of birthNelson Road, Albert Park, Victoria
Place of birthAlbert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolAlbert Park State School, Victoria
OccupationMotor mechanic
Address120 Head Street, Garden Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Smethurst, 120 Head Street, Garden Vale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadet Forces.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was wounded at Gallipoli and died at Malta.
FateDied of disease 28 November 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death18.8
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialPieta Military Cemetery (Plot D, Row IX, Grave No. 6), Europe
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Christina SMETHURST, 120 Head Street, Gardenvale, Victoria