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James Alfred SMITH

Regimental number3916
Place of birthHarina, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressOodnadatta, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMrs K E Smith, Oodnadatta, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Discharge date25 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.

Detailed to Machine Gun School, 30 June 1916. taken on strength, 3rd Machine Gun Company, 7 August 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 15 February 1917; transferred to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 February 1917 (chanceroid soft); transferred by Ambulance Train No 11 to No 1 General Hospital, Etretat, 19 February 1917; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 23 February 1917 (non-venereal); discharged to Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 20 June 1917; readmitted to 51st General Hospital, 21 June 1917; discharged to duty, 29 June 1917 (non-venereal). readmitted to 51st General Hospital (not yet diagnosed), 30 June 1917; discharged to duty, 3 July 1917. Declared surplus PB Man and transferred to England, 19 July 1917; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, 20 July 1917. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 July 1917; discharged, 31 July 1917. Admitted to 1st ADH, 8 October 1917; discharged, 26 October 1917. Readmitted to 1st ADH, 26 October 1917; discharged, 17 November 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 41 days. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 19 November 1917; marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 6 December 1917; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 14 December 1917; to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 3 January 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 8 February 1918; rejoined 3rd Machine Gun Bn, 14 February 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 19 February 1918 (mumps); transferred to No 4 General Hospital,, 19 February 1918; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 19 February 1918; discharged to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 12 March 1918; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 14 March 1918 (debility); marched in to Machine Gun Base Depot, 29 April 1918.

Admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 31 March 1918 (synovitis, left knee); discharged to duty, 13 April 1918.

Admitted to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 16 April 1918 (synovitis, knee); rejoined 1st Machine Gun Bn, 4 May 1918.

Appointed Driver, 22 July 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 December 1918; rejoined unit, 24 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 3 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Suffolk', 12 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 31 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 25 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Commenced return to Australia on board HT' Suffolk', 12 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 31 May 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 25 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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