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Henry Harland SMITH

Regimental number1569
Place of birthLatrobe, Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressWaratah, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.25"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinBrother, V. Smith, Waratah, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for one year in the 91st Infantry (compulsory military training scheme).
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Discharge date15 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 12th Bn, Mudros, 10 April 1915. Rejoined unit from Machine Gun School, 24 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Awarded 1st class pass, Machine Gun School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 10 March 1916. Transferred to 3rd Machine Gun Company, 13 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1917; disembarked Marseilles, 5 April 1916. Found guilty of being absent without leave, 8 hours 15 minutes, 29 October 1916: awarded forfeiture of 5 days pay; total forfeiture: 6 days pay. Found guilty, 1 November 1916, of failing to hand in ball ammunition when ordered to do so: forfeited 3 days pay.

Admitted to 1st Divisional Rest Station, 28 May 1917 (tonsilitis); rejoined unit, 7 June 1917. Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 17 July 1917 (conjunctivitis), and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; by Ambulance Train to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 July 1917; to England, 24 July 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 25 July 1917. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 2 August 1917; discharged, 13 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 12 days. Marched out to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 26 October 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 8 February 1918; rejoined unit, 14 February 1918. To Anti-aircraft School, 26 February 1918; rejoined unit, 1 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 26 April 1918 (multiple shell wounds); admitted to No. 7 Canadian General Hospital, 28 April 1918; transferred to England, 13 May 1918, and admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot,14 May 1918. Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 July 1918; discharged to furlough, 11 July 1918, to report to No. 2 Command Depot, 25 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board D21, 24 August 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918; discharged, 15 September 1919.

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

Also served in World war II as N278021, Corporal, 13th Australian Garrison Bn, 14 December 1941-21 March 1946.
Date of death8 July 1968
Age at death72
Place of burialSouthport Cemetery, Queensland

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