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Ernest Henry SMITH

Regimental number20754
Date of birth2 August 1894
Place of birthAllora, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressTable Top, Allora, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, H Smith Jnr, Table Top, Allora, Queensland
Previous military service7th Infantry
Enlistment date1 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade 1 - 8 Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Gunner SMITH during the Operations on the taking of the PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE on the 9th instant, showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man accompanied the F.O.O. during the attack and it was mainly through his bravery that several important messages were communicated to Group Headquarters whereby at least two concentrations of the enemy were frustrated and casualties inflicted. He faithfully remained at his post the whole day and during this period was constantly under shell and machine gun fire, several men being killed quite close to him which fact however did not interfere in the least with his determination to fulfil his duty. I strongly recommend that his man's services be recognised.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date3 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 May 1978

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