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John Richard SMITH

Regimental number4815
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
SchoolBrisbane Central Boys and Technical College, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressPenshurst, via Grandchester, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Barbara Smith, 'Kilrush,' Vulture Street, West End, Queensland
Previous military serviceField Artillery (2 years); Garrison Artillery (3 months)
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4815A
FateDied of disease 24 October 1918
Place of death or woundingRouen
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetery Extension (Block S, Plot II, Row AA, Grave No. 15), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Barbara SMITH, "Penshurst", Grandchester, Queensland. Native of Brisbane, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917, and marched into 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 11 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 October 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 13 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 16 October 1917; taken on strength of 31st Bn, in the field, 18 October 1917, and allotted the Regimental Number 4815A.

Detached to 5th Australian Division Boxing Troupe, 10 February 1918; rejoined unit, 4 March 1918.

On leave to Paris, 14 March 1918; rejoined unit, 23 March 1918.

Detached to 18th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 14 June 1918.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, 8 July 1918; discharged to duty, 18 July 1918, and rejoined 18th Company, Australian Army Service Corps.

Rejoined 31st Bn, 7 August 1918.

Admitted to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station, 5 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to Ambulance Train, 6 October 1918; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, no date stated; now seriously ill with broncho pneumonia, 14 October 1918; now dangerously ill, 20 October 1918.

Died, No 5 General Hospital, 24 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH John Richard

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