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William Arthur SMITH

Regimental number932
Place of birthRoss Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressRoss, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellenor Smith, Ross, Tasmania
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, D 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 RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 7th June, 1917, during operations south of MESSINES. This N.C.O. was in charge of a Stokes Mortar Gun Team, and was badly gassed during the approach march to the jumping off trenches. He lay unconscious by the roadside for some time, the remainder of the team going on. When he recovered he picked up his base plate and tools and moved forward and eventually succeeded in finding the remainder of his team. Through the subsequent advance he showed great courage, determination and resource. His gun pits were blown out on 5 occasions, but he succeeded in establishing a good permanent position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1632 Pte Peter SMITH, 15th Bn, killed in action, 9 July 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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