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Charles Watson SMITH

Regimental number5021
Place of birthNewtown New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCable operator
AddressStephen Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, C H Smith, Stephen Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 9 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a gun and waggons, which came under heavy shell fire, he assisted to release the teams, and, aided by two other men, unloaded the ammunition and carried 150 charges to a place of safety. Later, when getting the gun into position, his party came under shell fire, but by his splendid example of courae and coolness he encouraged his men, and succeeded in placing the gun in position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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