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Clarence William SMITH

Regimental number2246
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoot clicker
Address12 Clissold Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9"
Next of kinWife, Mrs Hilda Smith, 12 Clissold Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 70th Regiment, Senior Cadets: still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 April 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Light Railway
FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Discharge date5 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Anzac Advance Base, Mudros, from Alexandria, 4 December 1915; discharged to join unit, 6 December 1915.

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Lemnos, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Serapeum, 25 February 1919; discharged same day.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir.

Found guilty, 9 June 1916, of neglecting to obey an order immediately: awarded 7 hours' pack drill and 1 week's fatigue.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Admitted to 1st Anzac Division Station, 20 November 1916, and transferred same day to 15th Field Ambulance (influenza); discharged to unit, 28 November 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 November 1916.

Admitted to Anzac CR Station, 13 December 1916 (wound, contusion back and chest, wound finger); discharged to duty, 23 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 24 December 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 17th Australian Light Rail Operating Company, 9 January 1917.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 3 June 1917, and transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station (gonorrhoea); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 6 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 7 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 35 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 8 July 1917 (not yet diagosed); discharged to Base Depot, 4 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 28 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 6 August 1917 (not yet diagnosed).

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 8 November 1917, of while on Active Service breaking out of Camp in that at 39th General Hospital, Havre, on 20.10.17 broke out of Hospital, when his duty required him to be in Hospital: awarded 90 days' Field Punishment No 1, and forfeiture of a total of 109 days' pay.

Discharged to Base Depot, 14 April 1918: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 252 days.

Classified B2 (defective vision), 29 June 1918.

Transferred to England, 28 July 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 July 1918.

Found guilty, 24 August 1918, of being in Weymouth at 10.35 pm, 22 August, without a pass: awarded 7 days confined to barracks.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset', 4 December 1918 (defective vision); disembarked Melbourne, 15 January 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 5 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReligious affiliation given as Methodist on Attestation Form; as Church of England on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death29 December 1969
Place of burialBallarat New Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Clarence William

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