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Henry John SMITH

Regimental number2146
Place of birthDerby Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressQueenstown, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Matthew Smith, St Helens, Tasmania
Enlistment date25 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 23 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollDunster Force
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 4th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This N.C.O. had charge of a Platoon and handled it excellently. He led his men forward under very heavy fire from Machine Guns and took his final objective displaying great coolness and courage. He set a fine example throughout. On one occasion, he went alone into the middle of the barrage area to dig out a buried Officer.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This N.C.O. displayed great coolness and determination in an attack against an enemy Pill-box, from which the enemy were directing Machine Gun fire. He succeeded in capturing the Pill-box, largely owing to his own personal valour. In the work of consolidation, he gave invaluable assistance and his courage was a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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