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Charles James SMITH

Regimental number59
Place of birthCalcifer, North Queensland
SchoolMount Garnet State School, North Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelephonist
AddressErnest Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, W.N. Smith, Ernest Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 8th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Infantry Battalion, Regimental Signallers - Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number28/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 74), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Catherine SMITH, Alexandra Road, Ascot, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Bakara', 13 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery, Rue Petillon, by Reverend S.A. Beveridge, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Charles James

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