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Walter Edmond SMITH

ReligionMethodist
OccupationEngineer
Address'Ilka', Catherine Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr Walter Smith, 'Ilka', Catherine Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name53rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165
Date: 24 October 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'In the attack on Peronne on 1st September 1918, this officer led his company with great skill and gallantry to the attack. During the advance, noticing that the officer commanding and most of the officers of another company had become casualties, he at once amalgamated the two companies and continued the advance. Later, when a strong enemy point was inflicting many casualties on the left company, he led a flank attack on the point, capturing about 110 prisoners and allowing the advance to continue. During the final consolidation his courage and energy were an inspiration to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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