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Ernest Robertson SMITH

Regimental number9901
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionBaptist
OccupationBookseller
AddressTaringa, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Smith, Princess Street, Taringa, Queensland
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, 16th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialCerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 28), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
18
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Martha SMITH, Taringa, Queensland
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 13th/14th August 1917 East of YPRES when he accompanied the portion of his Battery that was advancing to a forward position. The party came under very heavy hostile shelling and several casualties occurred. Private Smith in a most fearless manner moved about amongst the vehicles, horses and men looking for the wounded and rendered first aid whenever it was necessary. He has at all times been quick to respond to calls to assist wounded men and to perform whatever aid he could to them. He acted in a very brave manner and set an excellent example. His courage and devotion to duty are worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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