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George SMITH

Regimental number2218
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationYardman
AddressPerth GPO, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 2.25"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amy Smith, 106 Brooke Street, Kennington, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 1 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 September 1917
Date of death20 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
114
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Amy SCHMIDT [SCHMITT on Nominal Roll], 51, Master Bakers' Almshouse, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, Essex, England
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 28th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound, neck and shoulder); transferred from No. 1 Field Ambulance to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 30 July 1916; to England, 5 August 1916, and admitted to Brook War Hospital, Woolwich.. Reported to No. 1 Command Depot from furlough after discharge from hospital, 4 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; rejoined Bn, 2 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReal name: George SCHMITT

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