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Duncan SMITH

Regimental number2477
Place of birthHotspur, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
AddressHotspur, via Condah, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Smith, Hotspur, via Hamilton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 December 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A6 Clan Maccorquodale on 6 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of disease 18 October 1918
Place of death or woundingEC Kuneitria, Syria
Age at death40.3
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialDamascus British War Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 54), Syria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Memorial Plantation Hotspur Avenue of Avenue, Victoria. Parents: John and Catherine SMITH, Hotspur, Condah, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine, Syria.

Taken in strength of 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 12 June 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 14 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, Abbassia, 1 July 1917.

Taken on strength of 3rd Anzac Bn, Imperial Camel Corps, 11 November 1916.

Evacuated to hospital, Palestine, 25 June 1917; admitted to No 24 Stationary Hospital, no date stated (herpes); transferred to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 28 June 1917; to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 24 July 1917; discharged, 27 July 1917, and marched into Australian and New Zealand Reserve Imperial Corps Bde, Abbassia, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 30 July 1917; rejoined 14 Company, 3rd Bn, Imperial Camel Corps, Palestine, 31 July 1917.

To Port Said Rest Camp, 3 October 1917; rejoined unit, 14 October 1917.

Evacuated to hospital, 20 June 1918; due to reorganisation, transferred to, and taken on strength of 15th Light Horse Regiment with in hospital, 1 July 1918; admitted to No 14 General Hospital, Port Said, 3 July 1918 (iechis rectal abscess); discharged, 15 July 1918, and marched into Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, the same day.

Marched into 5th Bde Details, Moascar, 24 July 1918.

Marched into 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, 1 September 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 3 September 1918; taken on strength on strength of 4th Light Horse Regiment, Ludd, 4 September 1918.

Detached to 4th Bde Headquarters, 18 September 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, Damascus, 11 October 1918.

Died, 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, Kuneitro, 18 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Buried by Chaplain Joseph Best, el Kuneitra, 19 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Duncan

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