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Robert Hanna SMITH

Regimental number232
Place of birthWhithorn, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSeaman
Address79 George Street, Whithorn, Wigtownshire, Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight121 lbs
Next of kinFather, Dr J R Smith, 79 George Street, Whithorn, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name25th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Discharge date16 March 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 23 September 1915 (influenza); discharged to duty, 26 September 1915; rejoined Bn, 27 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916 (headache); transferred to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 12 January 1916 (not yet diagnosed); to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 17 January 1916; to Overseas Base, Cairo, 17 January 1916; discharged to duty, 5 February 1916.

Found guilty, 16 February 1916, of being absent without leave, 13-15 February 1916: forfeited 3 days' pay.

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, 16 February 1916 (alcoholism).

Proceeded to join 25th Bn, Ismailia, 5 March 1916.

Found guilty, 31 March 1916, of being absent without leave, 13-21 March 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 9 days' pay; total forfeiture: 23 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Found guilty, 17 April 1916, of drunkenness: fined 5/-.

Found guilty, 16 July 1916, of being absent without leave, 14-15 July 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to hospital, 16 July 1916 (sprained ankle); discharged to Divisional Base, 16 August 1916; rejoined Bn, 21 September 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 21 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 12 February 1918; transshipped to HT 'Ormonde' for travel to Sydney, then overland to Brisbane; discharged, Brisbane, 16 March 1918.

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

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