Frederick Gordon SMITH

Regimental number2876
Place of birthMarrickville, New South Wales
AddressCraigillee, Ivanhoe Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 5"
Next of kinFather, A Smith, Craigillee, Ivanhoe Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Cadets.
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 23 November 1915 (mumps); discharged to duty, 24 December 1915.

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2540703: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 4797 Pte G. HICKEY, B Company, 54th Bn, 25 May 1917: 'They [Smith and 3145 J.P. THOMPSON] were in B Co., and were killed between our line and the German line at Fromelles by artillery fire.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Frederick Gordon
Red Cross file 2540703