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Victor SMITH

Regimental number504
Place of birthThe Grange, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, H. Smith, The Grange Cable Station, near Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentTrooper
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915.

Severely reprimanded for neglect of duty, 4 October 1915.

Transferred to A Squadron, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Anzac Cove, 6 October 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 27 October 1915 (diarrhoea and debility), and transferred same day to HS 'Rewa'; disembarked Malta, 2 November 1915, and admitted to St Patrick's Hospital; transferred to All Saints' Convalescent Hospital, 11 November 1915; to St Paul's Hospital, 2 December 1915 (jaundice); discharged to All Saints' Hospital, 21 December 1915; discharged to Active Service, 4 January 1916; embarked Malta for Alexandria, 4 January 1916; rejoined Regiment, Maadi, 13 January 1916.

Taken on strength, 15th Field Artillery Brigade, Tel el Kebir, 29 March 1916.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, Ferry Post, 9 May 1916, on charges (1) breaking out of camp; (2) absenting himself without leave; found Guilty: awarded 3 months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Remainder of sentence suspended from 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 15 June 1916.

Admitted to 24th General Hospital, Calais, 6 July 1916 (tonsilitis); discharged to Base Details, 19 July 1916; taken on strength, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 7 September 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 19 October 1916 (malaria); rejoined unit, in the field, 26 October 1916.

Married Ethel HAMILTON, spinster, aged 22, St George's Congregational Church, Wirral, Cheshire, 14 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Bremen', 4 June 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 22 July 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 14 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death3 August 1970
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Victor

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