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Horace Edgar SMITH

Regimental number2983
Place of birthKingston, South Australia
AddressKingston, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Smith, Temple Bar, Kingston, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 December 1918
Discharge date7 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2593 Sapper John Charles SMITH, 5th Brigade Signal Troop, returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 14 May 1916 (measles).

Admitted to (marched in to) 3rd Australian General Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 23 May 1916; transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 30 May 1916 (diarrhoea); to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 31 May 1916; to Ras el Tin Convalescent Depot, 10 June 1916 (entero colitis); to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 7 August 1916; invalided to England from Alexandria, 13 August 1916; admitted to Addington Park Hospital, 26 August 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 September 1916; granted furlough, 21 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 December 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 February 1917 (frostbite, toe); rejoined Bn, 22 February 1917.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 February 1917 (septic feet); rejoined Bn, in the field, 13 March 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 16 April 1917 (influenza); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 April 1917 (laryngitis); to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 23 April 1917 (influenza); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 28 April 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 1 May 1917 (influenza); to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 23 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 June 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 November 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 29 November 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wound, right shoulder), and admitted to 141st Field Ambulance and then transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 October 1918; to England, 4 October 1918, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 5 October 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 17 December 1918; disembarked Adelaide, 22 January 1919 ('medical reasons'); discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 7 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1920
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Horace Edgar

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