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William John SMITH

Regimental number233
Place of birthRyall, Whitchurch, Canonicorum, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs Adam Smith, Ryall, Whitechurch near Charmouth, Dorset, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, Adam Smith, Ryall, Whitechurch, near Charmouth, Dorset, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 May 1915
Place of enlistmentAlderley, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of wounds whilst a Prisoner of War 14 August 1916
Place of death or woundingGottingen, Germany
Age at death23
Place of burialNiedwrzwehren Cemetery (Plot VII, Row C, Grave No. I), Cassel, Germany
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
106
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Reported missing, 29 July 1916.

Now, 14 August 1916, reported prisoner of war, Germany (wounded: shell splinters in face).

Died of wounds (sepsis), Gottingen, 14 August 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2570507Q, 1874 Pte K.H. MORRELL, B Company, 25th Bn, 23 January 1919: 'He died at Gottingen in Hospital about 2 weeks after I got there in August 1916. He died about 3rd week in August from wounds. I was in same ward, but did not speak to him as I was pretty bad myself. He was paralyzed. I think he was wounded in abdomen. Was buried at Gottingen, but I was not at his funeral.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH William John
Red Cross File No 2570507Q

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