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Alec Joseph SMITH

Regimental number597
Place of birthKent, England
ReligionChurch of England
Address20 Cowle street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Smith, 12 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent, England
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'In the operations against the enemy positions at MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 2nd/3rd June, 1918, Lance-Corporal SMITH showed consistent devotion to duty. During the advance his section was checked owing to enemy machine gun fire. Together with Private CROCKENBURG he rushed forward and succeeded in capturing a machine gun and the crew of six men. Later he did most valuable work in bombing an enemy communication trench which was being strongly held. By his gallantry and untiring efforts Lance Corporal SMITH set a splendid example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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