Charles Morrison SMITH

Male 1892 - 1917  (25 years)


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  • Name Charles Morrison SMITH 
    Born 1892  Melbourne South, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 26 Mar 1915 to 7 May 1917  [2
    World War 1 
    • Charles SMITH

      Regimental number: 1552
      Place of birth: South Melbourne, Victoria
      School: Footscray State School, Victoria
      Religion: Presbyterian
      Occupation: Salesman
      Address: 2 Gledhill Street, Footscray, Victoria
      Marital status: Single
      Age at embarkation: 23
      Height 5' 5" Weight 133 lbs
      Next of kin: Mrs Mary C Smith, 2 Gledhill Street, Footscray, Victoria
      Previous military service: Nil
      Enlistment date: 26 March 1915
      Rank on enlistment: Private
      Unit name: 23rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement 
      AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/40/2
      Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 8 May 1915
      Rank from Nominal Roll: 2nd Lieutenant
      Unit from Nominal Roll: 23rd Battalion
      Other details from Roll of Honour Circular: Gained Military Medal at Pozieres.
      Fate: Died of wounds 7 May 1917
      Place of death or wounding: Bullecourt, France
      Age at death 24.10
      Place of burial: Grevillers British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No 5), France
      Commemoration details 100
      Miscellaneous information from cemetery records: Parents: David M. and Mary Colston SMITH, 18 Regent Street, Yarraville, Victoria
      Medals: Military Medal
      'For gallant conduct in leading his men during the attack on 29th July, 1916, at POZIERES, and for his skill and coolness in setting to work on consolidating our position.'
      Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
      Date: 14 December 1916
      Family/military connections: Four cousins killed on active service.
      Other details
      War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
      Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.
      Promoted Lance Corporal, Gallipoli, 5 October 1915.
      Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
      Promoted Corporal, 2 January 1916.
      Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916..
      Promoted Sergeant, 29 July 1916.
      Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 July 1916; transferred same day to 1st Anzac Rest Station (cold and insomnia); discharged to duty and rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 August 1916.
      Awarded Military Medal for services rendered during recent fighting at Pozieres, 2 September 1916.
      Appointed Temporary Company Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer Class II, 31 March 1917.
      Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 26 April 1917.
      Wounded in action, 4 May 1917 (gun shot wounds, both arms, left leg, right chest), admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station.
      Died of wounds, 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 7 May 1917.
      Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
      Sources NAA B2455 file 1767248
    Never married and had no children Never Married 
    Died 7 May 1917  Bullecourt, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Grevillers, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Grevillers British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No 5), France
    Person ID I5004  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2011 

    Father David Macallan SMITH,   b. 16 Mar 1859, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1944, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Mary Colston ROUGHEAD,   b. Dec Q 1858, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1929, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1882  Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1892 - Melbourne South, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 May 1917 - Bullecourt, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grevillers, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1997), 1892/ 25340.

    2. [S286] AIF Project: Australian ANZACS in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918, UNSW@ADFA, (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au), Regimental number 1552.

    3. [S221] Australian War Memorial, (http://www.awm.gov.au), Roll of Honour [database on-line].