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Charles Stanley SMITH

Regimental number7782
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHospital attendnat
AddressMittagong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, G Smith, c/o W Smith, Berrima Road, Mittagong, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameFirst Australian General Hospital, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26.65.3RSSPEC
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 12 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 23), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Ellinor SMITH, Barber's Creek, Marulan, New South Wales. Native of North Willoughby, Sydney

Military Medal

'Showed great courage and devotion to duty on several occasions during the recent operations around MESSINES. On June 8th and 9th 1917 he was in charge of a bearer squad evacuating wounded from a R.A.P. and an adjoining area about 600 yards South East of MESSINES. Enemy shell fire on the crest of the ridge was very heavy and occasionally became intense, so much so that it seemed impossible for stretcher-bearers to get through to the R.A.P. In spite of this, Private SMITH on two occasions led his men through the barrage to the Aid Post and successfully cleared wounded who had accumulated there and were exposed to enemy shell fire. His pluck and resourcefulness were quite beyond praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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