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Oscar William SMITH

Regimental number2247
Place of birthForbes New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address'Limestone', Calarie via Forbes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Mr William Smith, 'Limestone', Calarie via Forbes, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and determination in action at Peronne, 1 September, 1918. He was sent to get in touch with the brigade on the left, and had to cross open ground swept by machine gun fire. On the way he was held up by a machine gun post, which opened fire. He at once shot the observer, killed the crew of six, and captured the gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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