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Alex SKENE-SMITH

Place of birthJohnstone, Reuflewshire, Scotland
SchoolPaisley Veilsou Educational Institution, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia29
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMerchant
AddressPrince of Wales Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinD B Smith, 2 Milk Street, London, England
Previous military serviceServed for four years as a volunteer in the 1st Lanark Rifle Volunteers, Glasgow.
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the A.I.F. on 19 January 1915 at Broadmedows as a Private. Promoted to Corporal 21 January 1915 and toSergeant on 2 April 1915. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant 5 May 1915 and posted to 22nd Battalion on 6 May 1915. Promoted to Lieutenant on 13 December 1915. He learned to enjoy his experiences at Broadmedows and thereafter in Egypt and Gallipoli.
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XXIII, Row C, Grave No. 4), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
97
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Daniel SMITH and Jane LOCHHEAD; husband of Marie SKENE-SMITH, 12 Terregles Avenue, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland. Native of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He reorganized his men and did fine work after the enemy's trenches had been taken. Throughout the operations he proved himself a useful and gallant company officer.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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