Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
08/09/1914- To Depot Company Blackboy Hill WA as Private
01/10/1914- To 16th Battalion as Lance Corporal
22/12/1914- Embarked Fremantle aboard ” Ceramic ” bound for Egypt
03/02/1915- Disembarked Alexandria Egypt ex Australia To Overseas Training Base
02/05/1915- Wounded in Action Gallipoli ( Severe Gunshot Wounds to upper extremities )
20/05/1915- Evacuated/Admitted Southern General Hospital Edgbaston England
18/08/1915- Detached to act as Military Police for Escort Duty London
28/09/1915- Embarked Weymouth England for Gallipoli Peninsular
03/10/1915- Taken on Strength 16th Battalion in the Field Lemnos
06/11/1915- Promoted SERGEANT in the field Gallipoli
30/12/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Gallipoli
11/03/1916- Admitted 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital Tel-el-Kebir Egypt ( Mumps ) ex 4th Field Ambulance
12/03/1916- Promoted SECOND LIEUTENANT Egypt
23/03/1916- Discharged to Training Base Egypt ex Sickness
01/06/1916- Embarked Alexandria Egypt with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Marseilles France
09/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles ex Egypt
07/08/1916- Wounded in Action France ( Slight Shell Wound to Head )
07/08/1916- Admitted Officers Hospital Warloy France ex 4th Australian Field Ambulance
14/08/1916- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Wounded
09/09/1916- Promoted LIEUTENANT in the field France
15/07/1917- Seconded to Duty with 4th Training Battalion Codford England
08/10/1917- Completed Course in Physical & Bayonet Instruction
09/11/1917- To 13th Training Battalion Codford
14/01/1918- On Command at Physical & Bayonet Training Course at Codford
03/02/1918- Proceeded Overseas Australian Infantry Base Depot Havre France ex Southampton ex Codford
09/02/1918- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Base Depot
28/06/1918- Joined 4th Field Company Australian Engineers in the field France
13/07/1918- Rejoined 16th Battalion in the field France ex Detachment
18/08/1918- Recommended for award of MILITARY CROSS
20/08/1918- Promoted Temporary Captain in the field France
31/08/1918- Detached to 4th Army Infantry School in the field France
30/09/1918- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Detachment
03/10/1918- Granted Leave England ex Havre France
02/11/1918- Embarked England aboard ” Port Lyttleton ) for Return to Australia ( Special 1914 Leave )
12/12/1918- Disembarked Fremantle WA ex England
17/02/1919- Discharged from Service ( Termination of Period of Enlistment ).
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
1914/15 Star – Medal No. 3686
British War Medal – No. 1519
Victory Medal – No. 1517
RECOMMENDATION & AWARD OF MILITARY CROSS
Recommendation date:- 18th August, 1918, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel DRAKE – BROCKMAN, Commanding 16th Battalion and approved by Major General E.G. SINCLAIR – MacLAGAN, Commanding 4th Australian Division.
” This Officer is brought to notice for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on the 8th August, 1918, between MORCOURT & MERICOURT-SUR-SOMME ( East of CORBIE ).
He was in charge of a Company during these operations, and throughout, displayed excellent judgement and leadership in handling of his men. In the advance from the RED to the BLUE Line he was exposed to heavy flank fire over the whole distance, and it is very largely due to the splendid handling of his Company that he was so successful in carrying out the task allocated to him.
During the advance he personally attacked a Post containing 4 of the enemy and a Machine Gun. He shot the Gunner and captured the remainder of the crew, with the gun. As soon as his objectives were obtained, he proceeded personally to a Tank which was on fire in the vicinity, and still subjected to severe enemy fire, and rescued several of the Tank Garrison and got them back to positions of safety.
This was all done under very intense Machine Gun fire.
He is strongly recommended for distinction.
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA GAZETTE: 23 May, 1919, Page 885, Position 1.
LONDON GAZETTE : 2 December, 1918, Page 14288, Position 3.
I am bemused/intrigued that CAPTAIN SMITH should only have received the MILITARY CROSS for his actions, which were at least ,equal to, if not more significant than actions which were awarded Higher levels of Honours during the Great War.