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Edwin Richardson SMITH

Regimental number462
Place of birthWooroopna, Victoria
SchoolState School and College, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressGrey Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Edwin M Smith, Mooroopna, Victoria
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 August 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPozieres British Cemetery (Plot III, Row G, Grave No. 10), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edwin and Dinah SMITH, Lancaster, Victoria. Native of Mooroopna, Victoria

Military Medal

'On the night of December 19/20, 1915 at Gallipoli these men [SMITH, 1956 H.W. SKEOCH, 1043 S. SMITH, 859 L.C. MORREY] were among the last of the 22nd Battalion to leave the trenches in front of Johnston's Jolly. A front of about 550 yards of trench was divided up between them and their duty was to develop sufficient fire along the whole front to make conditions appear normal. This was successfully done, the men using different loopholes in their allotted areas. They were on this work for 2 1/2 hours.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsSeveral relatives served.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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