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Ernest John SMITH

Regimental number5488
Place of birthBrunswick Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor-driver
Address278 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, E.W. Smith, 278 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a runner during an attack. He passed through the heaviest barrages carrying messages and maintaining communication, and, though twice blown up, he remained on duty until the battalion was relieved. He set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1966
Age at death69
Place of burialEchuca Cemetery, Victoria

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