Robert James SMITH

Date of birth--/05/1890
Place of birthShoalhaven, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
OccupationTelegraph constructing branch
Address'Windouree', Leicester Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinWife, Mrs Isabella G. Smith, 'Wendouree,' Leicester Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 24th Signalling Company Engineers, Commonwealth Forces.
Enlistment date22 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 9th Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number22.12.2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board H.M.A.T. A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain


Unit: 37th Battalion
Promotion date: 23 August 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Place of death or woundingAccidentally killed
Date of death22 July 1918
Age at death43
Age at death from cemetery records43
Place of burialSt. Pierre Cemetery (Plot XIV, Row B, Grave No. I), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth SMITH; husband of Mrs I SMITH, 'Wendoukee', Leicester Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales. Native of Shoalhaven, New South Wales.

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He worked night and day establishing and maintaining communications, often under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He surveyed and constructed a buried cable route 2,300 yards in length to a newly won position, securing communication up to 400 yards from the front line. The work, which occupied several nights, was carried out under continual enemy barrages, and it was only by his untiring energy and dogged perseverance that it was completed in time and the communications secured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal