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David SMITH

Regimental number981
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDiver's attendant
Address38 Forsyth Street, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs J H Smith, 38 Forsyth Street, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 January 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At BAPAUME, on the 17th March, 1917, Sergeant SMITH, 30 Battalion, displayed conspicuous bravery. At 4 a.m. he worked along the parapet, covering the advance of a bombing party which drove the enemy back and captured 150 yards of enemy trench. Acting on his own initiative he also worked along and occupied a branch sap. At 6 a.m. he led a patrol overland and protected his companyUs flank I the advance on BAPAUME. Later, he set a fine example to the men of his platoon in establishing their position in front of the town, being continually exposed to the fire of machine guns and snipers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

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