Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
PREVIOUS SERVICE – Rifle Club Harvey, WA.
21/05/1915- Medical Examination Melbourne VIC & Posted to Training Depot
12/06/1915- Allotted 2nd Reinforcements 24th Battalion Seymour, VIC
16/07/1815- Embarked Melbourne VIC aboard ” Demosthenes” bound for Egypt
14/08/1915- Disembarked Alexandria Egypt ex Australia to Overseas Training Base
13/09/1915- To 1st Casualty Clearing Station Anzac Gallipoli ( Infected Abscess on Foot )
19/09/1915- Admitted 6th Field Ambulance Anzac ( Diarrhoea )
20/09/1915- Transferred to Hospital Lemnos ex Gallipoli
25/09/1915- Evacuated/Admitted 2nd General Hospital Cairo Egypt
01/11/1915- Admitted 13th Casualty Clearing Station Mule Gully Walkers Ridge ANZAC ( Influenza )
12/11/1915- Discharged to Duty Gallipoli ex Sickness
18/11/1915- Admitted Convalescent Depot Luxor Egypt
10/03/1916- Discharged to Base Details Egypt ex Convalescent Depot
19/03/1916- Embarked Alexandria with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Marseilles France
24/03/1916- Disembarked Marseilles
05/04/1916- Admitted 2nd Casualty Clearing Station France ( Injured Left Knee )
NEW DESIGNATION – 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
20/03/1918- Promoted CORPORAL 2nd Machine Gun Battalion in the field France
20/04/1918- Promoted SERGEANT
21/06/1918- Promoted COMPANY QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT France
18/09/1918- Granted Leave England
07/10/1918- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Leave
26/03/1919- To No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England ex France
13/05/1919- Embarked England aboard ” Ypiringa ” for Return to Australia
03/06/1919- Awarded MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
05/07/1919- Disembarked Fremantle WA ex England
03/09/1919- Discharged from Service ( Termination of Period of Enlistment ).
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
1914/15 Star – Medal No. 16905
British War Medal – No. 16981
Victory Medal – No. 16877
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
RECOMMENDATION FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
Date of Recommendation – 30/01/1919, signed by Major-General ROSENTHAL, Commanding 2nd Australian Division.
” C.Q.M.S. SMITH has done continuous good service and work at all times and under all conditions. During the winter of 1916/1917 when traffic conditions impeded to a large extent the efficient rationing of troops in forward areas, particularly in the FLERS, GINCHY and LE SARS sectors and during the subsequent retirement of the enemy to the HINDENBURG line, the energy and efficiency of C.Q.M.S SMITH was the cause of the excellent maintenance of rations and supplies which, in spite of the difficulties to be overcome, left nothing to be desired. During the offensive at YPRES 20th September, 1917, to 9th October, 1917, when, owing to heavy casualties, ration arrangements were frequently upset. C.Q.M.S SMITH repeatedly made long trips forward to WESTHOEK RIDGE in the endeavour to keep rations and ammunition up to the Company. By his energy and determination, in spite of enemy bombing and shelling and the dislocation of traffic routes during these advances, the supplies of rations and ammunition always reached the Company during the entire series of operations “.
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA GAZETTE – 06/10/1919, Page 1461, Position 26
LONDON GAZETTE – 03/06/1919, Page 6918, Position 46.