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Gordon SMITH

Regimental number3718
Place of birthSingleton New South Wales
AddressBoolaroo, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs May A Smith, Second Street, Boolaroo, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 June 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 June 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Military Medal

'In the attack near VAIRE WOOD (east of CORBIE) on the 4th July, 1918, Private SMITH was in charge of a Lewis gun crew which during the attack encountered an enemy bombing post in a Sap which was strongly held. They charged the post, SMITH firing his gun from the hip, caused the enemy a few casualties and drove the remainder back. Later, while a block was being made, the enemy counter attacked along the Sap and 6 prisoners were taken but SMITH's Section. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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