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Charles SMITH

Regimental number1552
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolFootscray State School, Victoria
Address2 Gledhill Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMrs Mary C Smith, 2 Gledhill Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 8 May 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGained Military Medal at Pozieres.
FateDied of wounds 7 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death24.10
Place of burialGrevillers British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No 5), France
Commemoration details100
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David M. and Mary Colston SMITH, 18 Regent Street, Yarraville, Victoria

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct in leading his men during the attack on 29th July, 1916, at POZIERES, and for his skill and coolness in setting to work on consolidating our position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsFour cousins killed on active service.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Gallipoli, 5 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Corporal,2 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916..

Promoted Sergeant, 29 July 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 July 1916; transferred same day to 1st Anzac Rest Station (cold and insomnia); discharged to duty and rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 August 1916.

Awarded Military Medal for services rendered during recent fighting at Pozieres, 2 September 1916.

Appointed Temporary Company Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer Class II, 31 March 1917.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 26 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 May 1917 (gun shot wounds, both arms, left leg, right chest), admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Charles

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