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Sydney SMITH

Regimental number4189
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
OccupationPermanent Naval Stores
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5.75"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Smith, 141 Nelson Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 7 years in the Royal Australian Navy.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 58th Bn from 6th Training Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Now, 10 September 1916, reported 'Missing, believed Killed, 19 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103, 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2560806: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Sydney
Red Cross file 2560806

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