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James SMITH

Regimental number2786
Place of birthAltyre, Marayshire, Scotland
SchoolGeddes School, Nigual, Nairnshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarm hand
AddressMoondarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alexander Smith, Raitloan Farm, Nairn, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of varicose veins)
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 18), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Elizabeth SMITH, 178 Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Discharged to duty from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 31 January 1916 (no further details recorded).

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH James

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