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James Robert Smith

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1895
Geboorteplaats:
Hammersmith, Middlesex, Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Forrest, Victoria, Australië
Beroep:
Sawyer
Geloof:
Rooms-katholiek

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
6435
Dienstneming datum:
07/10/1916
Dienstneming plaats:
Geelong, Victoria, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 22nd Bn. (Victoria)  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
02/10/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Brick Kiln & Yard, Zonnebeke, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
22

Gedenkplaats

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

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#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Laatst gekende woonplaats
#3 Dienstneming plaats
#4 'Sterfteplaats'

Mijn verhaal

James Robert Smith, a former sawyer, was born in February 1895 in Hammersmith, London, England. He was the son of Josephine Smith. He moved to Australia at the age of 18. On October 7, 1916 he enlisted in Geelong, Victoria and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A20 Hororata on November 23, 1916, with the 18th reinforcement of the 22nd Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde (October 4, 1917), a phase in the Third Battle of Ypres. The 22nd Battalion was part of the 6th Brigade, which attacked on the right of the divisional front. On October 2 and 3, the 22nd Battalion relieved the 23rd Battalion at the front line in Zonnebeke. During the afternoon of October 2, the Battalion suffered heavy casualties through enemy shell fire.

James Robert, aged 22, was killed in action on October 2, 1917, after he was hit by pieces from a shell. Private Smith was buried where he fell, near Brick Kiln and Road (28.D.27.b.80.50). His remains were not recovered or identified after the war. James Robert Smith has no known grave and is remembered on panel 23D of the Menin Gate Memorial.

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22nd Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/39/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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6th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/6/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1064166).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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