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Claud William SMITH

Regimental number2947
Other NamesClaude William
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressAlice Street, Sans Souci
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C L Smith Stevenson, Alice Street, Sans Souci
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name5th Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class I)
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Casualty Clearing Station
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of August 22nd, 1915 at Gallipoli after the attack on Hill 60 Trenches by the 18th Field Ambulance Battalion and their retirement from some of the captures trenches, a number of wounded were left in the open. At dusk Captain Savage of the 5th Field Ambulance acted at once and called for volunteers and organised the parties under Sergeant Long and with these bearers went into the open to search and bring in wounded under continuous rifle and shrapnel fire the whole time during the night. They continued in bright moonlight to go out and search for wounded. The search continued the following night and they brought in over 30 of our wounded men. On one occasion Sergeant Long, Corporal Smith and Private Bryant went almost to the enemy trenches, the New Zealanders holding their fire, and brought in a wounded man. Privates Ramage and Burgess were out collecting wounded when Private Ramage was shot dead. All these men behaved with conspicuous devotion to duty on this occasion and on the night of 27th August, 1915.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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