|Place of birth||York, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Cross Hill, Old South Head Road, Rose Bay, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||40|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs M.H. Smithson, Cross Hill, Old South Head Road, Rose Bay, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Rifle Reserve Volunteers (8 months)|
|Place of enlistment||Holdsworthy, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||18th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/35/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||3rd Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength of 3rd Bn from 18th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.
On Command, 18 May 1916; rejoined unit, 22 June 1916.
On Command at Divisional Headquarters, 28 August 1916.
Admitted to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 2 October 1916 (influenza and debility); transferred to No 25 Ambulance Train, 3 October 1916; to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 4 October 1916; to England, 13 October 1916 (debility and pyrexia of unknown origin); to Berrington War Hospital, Shrewsbury, 14 October 1916; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 9 November 1916; discharged, 11 January 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 12 January 1917.
Charged, 14 February 1917, of being absent from 30 January 1917: case dismissed in view of medical evidence submitted.
Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 17 February 1917 (venereal disease); discharged, 23 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 66 days.
Proceeded overseas to France, 24 May 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 28 May 1917.
Proceeded to unit, 13 June 1917; rejoined 3rd Bn, 17 June 1917.
Detached for duty with 1st Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 18 June 1917.
Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 January 1918, and transferred to 1st Division Rest Station the same day; to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 January 1918; to No 56 General Hospital, Etaples, 10 January 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); to England, 20 January 1918; to No 1 Western General Hospital, Liverpool, 20 January 1918 (trench fever); to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 19 February 1918, from Infirmary, Southport; discharged to furlough, 27 February 1918 and to report to No 2 Command Depot, 13 March 1918.
Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 20 March 1918.
Found guilty, 20 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 1030 hours, 13 March 1918, until 1525 hours, 19 March 1918: award, forfeits 14 days' pay and total forfeiture of 21 days' pay.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ruahine', 12 May 1918; disembarked Sydney, 5 July 1918; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: age, arteris sclerosis), 26 September 1918.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SMITHSON John William|