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Herbert Cordingly SMITH

Regimental number5142
Place of birthCandelo, New South Wales
Address'Nerida', Mowbray Road, Chatswood, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs P E Smith, 'Nerida', Mowbray Road, Chatswood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 April 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name19th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 July 1919
Discharge date12 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 5 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 31 August 1916; taken on strength, 9th Training Bn, 1 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 October 1916; reverted to Private, 23 October 1916; appointed Acting Corporal (with pay), 5 November 1916; reverted to Private, 14 November 1916; marched out to unit, 17 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 December 1916; Temporary Corporal, 27 December 1916; Corporal, 27 December 1916.

Detached to Sniping School, 23 February 1917; rejoined Bn from Sniping School, 7 March 1917.

On leave to England, 14 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 26 September 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 7 October 1917 (concussion, shell), and admitted to 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 8 October 1917; to Ambulance Train, 9 October 1917, and admitted to 1st South african General Hospital, Abbeville, 10 October 1917 (concussion of brain). Transferred to 5th Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 18 October 1917; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 15 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, Belgium, 28 November 1917.

On leave to Paris, 9 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 18 January 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 February 1918 (haemorrhoids), and transferred same day to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques; discharged to duty, 22 March 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 26 April 1918 (gas shell), and admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 April 1918; to Ambulance Train, 30 April 1918, and admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 May 1918; transferred to Convalescent Depot, Havre, 6 May 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 27 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 July 1918.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 23 July 1918 (gassed, shell), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; to 41st Stationary Hospital, 24 July 1918; to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 6 August 1918; to Convalescent Depot, Havre, 14 August 1918; to Base Depot, 19 November 1918.

Transferred to 4th Bn, 20 November 1918; joined 4th Bn, in the field, 3 December 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 January 1919; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 January 1919.

On leave to Italy, 12 April 1919; rejoined Bn from leave, 28 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Boorora', 6 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 August 1919; discharged, Sydney, 12 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Hubert Cordingly SMITH.
Date of death13 March 1980
Place of burialNorwood Park Crematorium
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Herbert Cordingly

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