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Edward Vivian SMYTHE

OccupationTelephone mechanic
AddressBonnie Doon, Cleary Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs K C Smythe, Bonnie Doon, Cleary Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organized a strong patrol, and maintained his position under very heavy fire until relieved. He set a splendid example of courage and determination throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in supervising the whole battalion front at great personal risk, after all other company commanders and many platoon officers had become casualties. His personal reconnaissance materially aided the clearing of a wood.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1175 Corporal Herbert Andrew SMYTHE, 3rd Bn, killed in action, 3 May 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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