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Regimental number1225
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
SchoolSt Patrick's (Catholic) School, Albury, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressWilson Street, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs T Smiles, Wilson Street, Albury, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGiven names Ernest Pearce. My son landed and went through Gallipoli in the 13th Batt. He was an ANZAC.
FateDied of wounds 6 August 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialPuchevillers British Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on the entrance gates to the grounds of St Patrick's Church, Albury. Parents: Thomas and Bridget SMILES, Wilson Street, Albury, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 909 Pte Leonard Kerry SMILES, 2nd Bn, died of wounds, 1 May 1915; 324 Pte Frank Stanley SMILES, 19th Bn, died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war, 2 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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