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Willie Ross SMITH

Regimental number3470
Date of birth9 June 1890
Place of birthYankalilla, South Australia
Other NamesSMITH, William Ross
SMITH, William Ross
AddressDew Vale, Mount Pleasant, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ada Elizabeth Smith, Dew Vale, Mount Pleasant, South Australia
Previous military service82nd Infantry
Enlistment date20 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Adelaide, 10 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 May 1917. Attended Musketry School, Tidworth, 2-28 July 1917. Transferred to 25th Machine Gun Company, 7 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 September 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant to complete establishment, 1 September 1918. On leave to England, 12-30 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board 'Port Melbourne', 5 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 August 1919; discharged, 25 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 February 1948
Age at death57

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