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Ivan Lance SMITH

Regimental number4585
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressGreen Hills, Colebrook, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W E Smith, Green Hills, Colebrook, Tasmania
Enlistment date13 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This soldier employed as a runner during the time his Battalion was in the line on BROODSEINDE RIDGE in October, 1917. The area which he had to traverse between his Company and Battalion Headquarters was at all hours of the day and night subjected to heavy shell fire, and other means of communication were frequently impossible owing to telephone lines being repeatedly broken. On the night 16th/17th October, 1917, in particular the work done by Private SMITH was exceptionally good, and called for a very high standard of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 4584 Corporal Frank Ernest SMITH, 4th Division Headquarters, returned to Australia, 3 May 1919; 952 Corporal Claude Huon SMITH, 26th Bn, killed in action, 20 August 1917; 4601 Pte Keith Lawrence SMITH, 52nd Bn, died of wounds, 17 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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