Smith, James Henry (3944)

Place of Birth: South Melbourne, VIC

Age: 22 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 12 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3944            view online service record

Address:
186 Liardet Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mary Smith (mother)
186 Liardet Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 8 February 1916
Ship: HMAT Warilda A69
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion – 9th Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Saturday, 5 August 1916
Place: France


Private, 22 Infantry, killed in action 5 August, 1916, France, aged 24, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: James (late) and Mrs Mary SMITH, born South Melbourne. Enlisted with mother at 186 Liardet Street as a 23=year-old labourer. An In Memoriam notice, Port Melbourne Standard, 1 September, 1917 noted four brothers and two sisters. Posted Missing 5 August, 1916, confirmed killed in action August, 1917. No eyewitness reports, no known grave and no circular returned.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says

    “He was in B Co, I knew “Fatty” Smith was killed on the 5th August alongside his machine gun at Pozieres. I afterwards saw his grave close by where he had been killed at a Chalk Pit. There was across with his name upon it. Smith was stout, about 5ft 6″, fair, always bright and merry, about 24 and came from Victoria. He was single” (Pte. G. Hull, 401, M.M., 22 Australians, previously in M.G.C)

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