Smith, Jack (737)

Place of Birth: London, England

Age: 21 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 21 March 1917 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 737           view online service record

Address:
123 Rouse Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
H Smith (father)
123 Rouse Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 21 June 1917
Ship: HMAT Suevic A29
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 4th Machine Gun Company – 13th Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Wednesday, 18 September 1918
Place: France


Private, 14 Infantry, killed in action 18 September, 1918, France, aged 23, commemorated Bellicourt British Cemetery, France.

Parents: Frank and Bella Smith, born London, England (arrived c. 1908 at 11 years), educated Roman Catholic school, St Kilda. Shown as a 22-year-old tramway brakeman, Smith enlisted with his mother as next of kin, 123 Rouse Street. She returned the circular from 138 Cobden Street, South Melbourne with Port Melbourne as place of association.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

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  1. Brian Membrey says

    “I knew casualty, he was a tall man, about 5ft 9′, slightly built, medium complexion, about 22 years of age. known as Jack. Casualty was advancing on the Hindenburg Outpost Line, I was in the same advance. Casualty was a stretcher-bearer and was going to H.F. Skidmore of 14th Battn’s, assistance when he was hit by the same bullet that killed Skidmore, on the left breast, killing him instantly. I was ten yards away at the time and saw his body lying out on the open ground. He was buried between Big Bill and Little Bill, I helped to bury him. A cross was erected over his grave with his name, number and unit on it” (M. Millson, 6553)

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