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Ross Macpherson SMITH

Regimental number217
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressStephen Terrace, Gilberton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. J. Smith, Stephen Terrace, Gilberton, South Australia
Previous military serviceYes. AM Cadets (Worlds Tour) 6 mos. 10th A.I.R. (12 mos.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when his pilot descended to the rescue of an officer who had been forced to land. On landing he held the enemy at bay with his revolver, thus enabling his pilot to rescue the officer and to safely fly away his machine.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was one of two pilots who carried ouot a remarkable series of photographs in one flight, completely covering an important area of 45 square miles. On a later occasion he successfully bombed an important bridge head from a low altitude, and his work throughout, as well as his photography, has been invaluable, and characterized by the most consistent gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Discharge date23 May 1920
Other details

Commenced return to Australia by aeroplane, 12 November 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 23 March 1920; discharged (appointment terminated), Adelaide, 23 May 1920.

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, MSBV
Date of death15 June 1922
Age at death29
Place of burialNorth Road Church of England Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Ross Macpherson

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