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Ernest Ralph SMITH

Regimental number6721
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolMelb. Continuation School (1909-1911), and Teacher's Training College, (1912-1913)
Other trainingArts and Science at Melbourne University
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A Smith, 'Burslen', Junction Road, Blackburn, Victoria
Previous military service16th Light Horse; Served in Senior Cadets, Melb Univ Rifles and Beechworth Light Horse (16th).
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted in August 1915, gained MM 10/8/16. Had been recommended for a commission in Artillery. Was a good athlete and held bronze medallion in swimming and lifesaving.
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)page missing
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death26 August 1916
Age at death22.5
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialGordon Dump Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 10), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Elizabeth SMITH, "Stroud", Surrey Road, Blackburn, Victoria. Native of Victoria

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsCousin to Gunner G S Smith, No 3679, 4th Field Artillery Brigade who was killed in France in 31 Nov 1917.

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