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Ralph Lewis SMITH

Regimental number3623
Place of birthDeal, Kent, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram conductor
AddressNorwood, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 6.25"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jessie Malcolm Smith, 19 Alfred Street, Norwood, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Marines Light Infantry; purchased discharge.
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Discharge date1 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 August 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 September 1916, and marched in to 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott.

Marched out to School, Tidworth, 20 November 1916; marched in to 8th Training Bn from School, 13 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 Febryuary 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 6 March 1917.

Detrached to 8th Brigade Supply Dump, 13 October 1917; attached to 5th Divisional Train (coal guard), 14 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 31 December 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 25 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 12 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918 (gas), admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Stration (gassed: lethal); transferred from 4th Casualty Clearing Station to Ambulance Train No 5, 25 April 1918, and admitted to 6th General hospital, Rouen, 26 April 1918; transferred to England, 28 April 1918, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 29 April 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 May 1918; discharged to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 May 1918.

Found guilty, 8 August 1918, of being absent without leave from 10 pm, 6 August, to 10 pm, 7 August 1918: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 27 August 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, in the field, 4 October 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 17 February 1919.

On leave to England, 25 February 1919; rejoined Bn, in the field (date not recorded).

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 2 April 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Durham', 22 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 16 July 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 1 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 November 1935 Death not attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Ralph Lewis

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