|Place of birth||Lithgow, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Main South Road, Fern Hill, Corrimal PO, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, W Smith, Main South Coast Road, Fern Hill, Corrimal, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served for 3 years in St George's Rifles, Citizen Military Forces.|
|Place of enlistment||Warwick Farm, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||54th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||V.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Commemorated in Wollongong General Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: William (d. 21 April 1933, aged 77; bu. Wollongong General Cemetery) and Elizabeth (d. 23 August 1944, aged 87; bu. Wollongong General Cemetery) SMITH|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.
Letter on file, Jean C. HUNTER to Base Records, 30 October 1918: 'I must inform you that I have already given Pte Smith's mother and relatives the communication which was received by me from a soldier who helped to bury Pte E. G. Smith and the late soldier's friends said the message was untrue. I do not know the soldier personally or his regimental description but thinks the following address will find him ? Mr Dewhurst, Kenmore Hospital, Kenmore via Goulbourn.'
Note, Red Cross File No 2540413: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'
Statement, 4868 Cadet B.G. REDDING, No 2 Officers' Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 20 July 1917: 'I last saw him in [the] German front line about 11 p.m. on the 19.7.16; he was then wounded and he spoke to me as I passed him. He did not seem to be seriously wounded and I could not stay with him as we were so badly cut up.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SMITH Edward George
Red Cross file 2540413