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Henry George SMITH

Regimental number1240
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionProtestant
OccupationPostal assistant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A T Smith, 19 Swan Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date26 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur Thomas and Jessie SMITH
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He assumed command of and handled his company in the front line with courage and determination. Later, although wounded, he remained at his post. He set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the enemy, in large numbers, had forced an entry through the flank battalion this officer as assistant adjutant, collected all details, signallers, runners, batmen etc. and occupied the gap until reinforcements arrived. During the whole time an intense machine gun fire was sweeping across the position. Later he brought back his party safely.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: [4076] Lt Arthur Blackburn SMITH, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 November 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 March 1941
Age at death49
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania

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