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Elford Renner SMYTHE

Regimental number31600
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraughtsman
AddressMurray Bridge, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 11"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, F.E. Smythe, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (4 years); 80th Infantry (still serving)
Enlistment date16 September 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Discharge date3 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917; marched into No 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 18 February 1917.

Marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Bulford, 26 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 20 June 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 25 June 1917; taken on strength of 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery Column, 27 June 1917.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Bde, 11 August 1917 and taken on strength of 13th Battery the same day.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 17 October 1917, and admitted to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gas shell); transferred to No 16 Ambulance Train, 18 October 1917; to No 22 General Hospital, Camiers, 19 October 1917 (gassed, mustard); to England, 29 October 1917; to General Military Hospital, Colchester, 30 October 1917 (gassed, severe); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 November 1917; discharged and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 November 1917.

Classified B1A1, 20 November 1917.

Classified B1A2, 30 November 1917.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Worgret Hill, 10 December 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, 19 March 1918 and then marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 April 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 9 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 12 April 1918; taken on strength of 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery Column, 25 April 1918.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Bde, 28 April 1918, and taken on strength of 13th Battery the same day.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 26 January 1919; marched into Administrative Headquarters, no date stated, and granted leave until 6 February 1919; marched into 1st Training Bde Concentration Camp, 6 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kashmir', 1 April 1919; admitted to Ship's Hospital, 1 April 1919 (pyrexia of unknown origin); disembarked Adelaide, 25 April 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 3 June 1919.

Total war service: 2 years 261 days (of which 2 years 124 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 December 1923
Age at death26
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (5 West 14), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMYTHE Elford Renner

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