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Herbert Newey ST SMITH

Regimental number3924
Place of birthTumbarumba, New South Wales
SchoolTumbarumba Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer
AddressTumbarumba, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height6' 1.25"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss F A St Smith, Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death40.1
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Margaret ST. SMITH. Native of Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 February 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn from 5th Brigade Details, Moascar, 3 April 1916; taken on strength 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Red Cross File No 2550408O, note on file: 'The above name appeared on German death List dated 4-11-16.'

Statement 3596 Pte A.S. Campbell, 12 Platoon, C Company, 55th Bn (patient, Norfolk War Hospital, England), 14 January 1917: 'H.N. St. Smith was killed at Fromelles on the night of 19th July. Eyewitness: No, it was officially reported to the Regt. S.N. Cantwell M. can confirm, don't know number.'

Second statement, Major A.C. Selwyn Holland, 55th Bn, 24 January 1917: 'I made special enquiries for a friend a few days after St Smith was missing at Fromelles on 19th July and ascertained for a fact that he was killed while carrying ammunition across No Man's Land.'

Previously reported missing, now reported killed in action, 20 July 1916, on the authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, 3rd Echelon, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force, 13 March 1917.

Translation of German report, 4 November 1919, 'Iden: Disc handed over by Intell: Off: with 6th Army H.Q. 12/10/16[.] Australian Pte. St. Smith, 3924, 55th Btn. fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19/7/16.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ST SMITH Herbert Newey
Red Cross File No 2550408O

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