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Francis Lawrence SMITH

Regimental number507
Place of birthMuswellbrook New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSydney Street, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinLawrence Smith, Sydney Street, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name1 Divisional Train (1 to 4 Coys Army Service Corps) October, 1914
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adeladie, South Australia, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Date of death1 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 24), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Lawrence and Bridget SMITH, Muswellbrook, New South Wales. Native of Kayuga, New South Wales

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was senior Sergeant in charge of the Mule Transport of the Division during the period April 26th to October 22nd 1915, Sergeant SMITH worked under conditions of great danger as the work of transporting ammunition, water etc. to the trenches was frequently done under shell fire but this did not deter Sergeant SMITH who frequently took mule convoys of ammunition and water when urgently required under heavy fire. His behaviour on all occasions was a splendid example to the Native Drivers and escorts. He was not away from duty for any cause during this period. His work during the first month was particularly trying. Previously recommended and mentioned in Sir Ian HAMILTON'S Despatches dated 11th December 1915.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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