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William John SMITH

Regimental number4601
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
AddressPO Matong, Matong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Smith, PO Matong, Matong, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Matong Roll of Honour. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: William and Mary SMITH. Native of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD on 28th September 1917 Private Smith showed great bravery and initiative, our position at POLYGON WOOD was attacked at 5.0 a.m. The attack failed but we were worried by a machine gun still in action from our right flank. Private Smith accompanied by Sergeant Smith worked forward from shell hole to shell hole with their rifles only, succeeded in shooting No.s 1 and 2 of the gun when the remainder of the Post, seven men, surrendered with their gun. I consider the exceptional bravery displayed by this man attacking a machine-gun in action deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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