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Aubrey Henry SMITH

Regimental number1731
Place of birthDunedin New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHotelkeeper
AddressDenham Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Next of kinBrother, Robert Wm. Smith, Denham Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date21 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'C.Q.M.S. SMITH has done continuous good service and work at all times and under all conditions. During the winter of 1916/1917 when traffic difficulties impeded to a large extent the efficient rationing of troops in forward areas, particularly in the FLERS, GINCHY and LE SARS sectors and during the subsequent retirement of the enemy to the HINDENBURG line, the energy and efficiency of C.Q.M.S. SMITH was the cause of the excellent maintenance of rations and supplies which, in spite of the difficulties to be overcome, left nothing to be desired. During the offensive at YPRES 20th September, 1917, to 9th October, 1917, when, owing to heavy casualties, ration arrangements were frequently upset, C.Q.M.S. SMITH repeatedly made long trips forward to WESTHOEK Ridge in the endeavour to keep rations and ammunition up to the Company. By his energy and determination, in spite of enemy bombing and shelling and the dislocation of traffic routes during these advances, the supplies of rations and ammunition always reached the Company during the entire series of operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

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