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William Arthur SMITH

Regimental number7174
Place of birthBexley, Heath, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressFranklin River, Cranbrook, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, John Smith, 2 West Street, Bexley Heath, Kent, England
Enlistment date1 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 December 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name4th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and judgement near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917, when in charge of a party digging a strong point forward of the front line. He went forward with the first wave of the attacking Infantry, selected the site for the strong point, cooperating with the unit of the Division on his left flank. He showed great coolness and judgement in selecting the site, the field of fire, and arranging for mutual support with the strong point on his left, although several of his party were wounded. It was due to his fine example and cheerfulness under adverse circumstances that the work was speedily and satisfactorily carried out.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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