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John Grant SMITH

Place of birthTaradale, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPlanter
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Rev John Millar Smith, 'The Manse', Dimboola, Victoria
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name41st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. His company commander having become a casualty he assumed command and took his objective, together with three machine guns and a number of prisoners. Later, in command of a company, he captured five machine guns and seventy prisoners. By his courage and fine leadership he contributed largely to the success of the battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Gunner Eric Grant SMITH, Regimental No. 10572, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia 31 March 1919; Private Leslie Robert Grant SMITH, Regimental No. 1026, 39th Battalion, returned to Australia 25 January 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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