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Reginald Ernest John SMITH

Regimental number272
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressIrish Town, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Ernest L Smith, Irish Town, Tasmania
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Reginald Ernest
Medals

Military Medal

'Near BONY on 29th and 30th September 1918, this soldier did splendid work in rescuing and carrying to shelter wounded men. For 36 hours he worked untiringly under heavy artillery and machine gun fire clearing the forward areas of casualties, both our own and American, and carrying them to the R.A.P. until he collapsed from exhaustion. His courage and enterprise was undoubtedly the means of saving the lives of many men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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