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Albert Henry SMITH

Regimental number395
Place of birthCreswick near Ballarat, Victoria
SchoolMount Pleasant State School, Ballarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address58 Cobden Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Isabel Smith, 58 Cobden Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceHe was in the Militia in Ballarat for a short time.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a successful harrier at Ballarat East and won many trophies. He was on the staff of the 'Ballarat Star' for some years. At the time he enlisted he was on the staff of the 'Daily Post' Hobart, Tasmania.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
67
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Isabella SMITH. Native of Creswick, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother Syd R Smith was with the AIF in France, also five cousins who returned safely but suffer from the effects of gas. One cousin Spencer John Bailey was killed in France.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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