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James Taylor Vinton SMITH

Place of birthParkside South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressLower Mitcham, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Thomas L H Smith, Ruthdeen, Lower Mitcham, South Australia
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 28
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 17th October, 1918, at the capture of the high ground east of La Selle River. His battery occupied a position 1,000 yards in rear of the front line, and suffered many casualties from machine gun and artillery fire. The battery commander and another officer being wounded, he took charge, and, supervising the removal of the wounded, handled the battery most capably until its task was completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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