Sydney Alexander James SMITH

Regimental number2112
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGawler West, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Grace Kerr, Market Street, Minyip, Victoria
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the period 29th September/1st October 1918 while the 32nd Battalion was engaged in operations near BELLICOURT Sergeant SMITH displayed great powers of leadership and much gallantry, bravery and devotion to duty. He was of the greatest assistance to his Platoon Commander who when the Company passed through JONCOURT placed Sergeant SMITH in charge of detached posts all of which were under almost constant enemy artillery and machine gun fire. The task of visiting these posts at intervals was dangerous in the extreme, but was carried out with skill and courage which greatly heartened the men occupying the posts. He at one time made a special tour when the hostile barrage fire was so intense that it seemed a counter attack on our positions was imminent, and throughout carried out the hazardous duties with entire success.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'Sergeant SMITH has at all times shown himself possessed of skill, courage and initiative in handling his platoon. He has rendered very able assistance to his Company Commander on several occasions in the line. During the operations on the 27th and 28th August this N.C.O. after his Platoon Commander was wounded took control of the situation and by skilful handling filled a gap in the advancing line. He has at all times shown great gallantry and courage and his work has earned him the respect and admiration of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 December 1960
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery