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Edward Harris SMITH

Regimental number1663
Place of birthHorsham, Victoria
OccupationTimber worker
AddressRoleystone via Kelmscott, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ann Maria Smith, Roleystone via Kelmscott, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 30 August 1918
Discharge date13 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine.

Marched out to Serapeum, 26 February 1916.

Admitted to 5th Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Markeb, 11 July 1917 (debility); discharged to duty, 18 July 1917, and returned to duty, Abbasan, same day.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Marakeb, 5 August 1917; discharged to duty same day (no further details recorded).

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 11 August 1917 (broken mandible), and transferred same day to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, Rafa; to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 13 August 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, 14 August 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 15 August 1917 (fractured lower jaw); to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 1 September 1917; discharged to Moascar Camp, 13 September 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 27 August 1917, concluded that 'the blow which caused the fracture of Tpr Smith's jaw was the result of friendly horseplay and was unintentional. The Court finds that the blow was accidental, no blame being attachable to anyone'.

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 28 June 1918 (malaria); transferred to 47th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 2 July 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 11 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Wiltshire', 30 August 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 24 September 1918; discharged (medically unfit: debility), Perth, 13 October 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 May 1962
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Edward Harris

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