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Regimental number8561
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Address63 Richardson Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 7"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eileen Cameron-Smith, 63 Richardson Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Aberdeen City Artillery; Queen's Own Rifles, Edinburgh; Ceylon Volunteer Artillery; Ceylon Light Infantry.
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 17 June 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David SMITH and Marian Morton GIBSON
Discharge date18 September 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 22 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 21 December 1915.

Appointed Acting Bombardier, 7 December 1915.

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli (no further details recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Transferred to Base Kit Stores, Marseilles, 5 April 1916.

Proceeded to England, 15 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France (date not recorded), and joined 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 17 August 1916.

Transferred to 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 4 September 1916.

Appointed Acting BQMS; 20 December 1916; reverted to Acting Bombardier, 26 December 1916.

Transferred to 6th Field Artillery Brigade Ammunition Column, 28 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 10 February 1917 (rheumatism); transferred to 1st Anzac Scabies Hospital, 14 February 1917; discharged to duty, 17 February 1917; rejoined unit, 18 February 1917.

Promoted Bombardier, 2 August 1917.

Marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 3 March 1918.

Examined by Medical Board, 6 March 1918, and classified B.3 (age and debility).

Proceeded to England, 17 March 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 18 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Matatua', 17 June 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 8 August 1918; discharged (medically unfit: DPU and overage), Perth, 18 September 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death25 January 1936
Age at death70
Place of burialHarvey Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMERON-SMITH James

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