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Henry George SMITH

Regimental number4981
Place of birthDorset, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
Address4 Hambro Terrace, Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMrs. C. Wix, 4 Hambro Terrace, Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset, England
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/2
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 1st/2nd September 1918, near PERONNE, this Non-commissioned-officer was in charge of an advanced telephone exchange. Great difficulty was experience in maintaining the lines throughout the night owing to the area being subjected to a heavy hostile shoot of high explosive and gas. The linesman of this exchange party was killed, and dafter connecting the line through to one of the batteries, this man at once proceeded to patrol it. By his initiative and constant devotion to duty satisfactory communications were maintained from the forward exchange to the batteries at a period when the Infantry urgently required Artillery support.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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