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Walter G SMITH

Regimental number539
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
OccupationSchool teacher
Address74 Parry Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Duncan Smith, 74 Parry Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Walter George

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD on 28th September 1917 showed great bravery and initiative. our position at POLYGON WOOD was attacked at 5.0 a.m. The attack failed, but we were worried by a machine still in action from our right flank. Sergeant Smith, accompanied by Private Smith worked forward from shell-hole to shell-hole with their rifles only, succeeded in shooting Nos. 1 and 2 on the gun, when the remainder of the Post, seven men, surrendered with their gun. I consider the exceptional courage displayed by this N.C.O. attacking a machine gun in action deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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