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Leslie Robert Grant SMITH

Regimental number1026
Place of birthOrmondville, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressRev. John Millar Smith, Dimboola, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Rev. John Millar Smith, Dimboola, Victoria
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 5th and 6th April, at BUIRE near ALBERT, this man displayed great courage and devotion to duty whilst acting as a linesman. For the greater part of two days, he was continually repairing telephone lines under heavy artillery fire showing an utter disregard of danger and fatigue. The cheerful and willing manner in which he worked under the worst possible conditions were of great value in maintaining the morale of all his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 10572 Gunner Eric Grant SMITH, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 31 March 1919; 2nd Lt John Grant SMITH, 41st Battalion, returned to Australia, 16 January 1919.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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