Ellis Austin William (Austin) SMITH

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SMITH, Ellis Austin William

Service Number: 1863
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 1894
Home Town: Claremont, Claremont, Western Australia
Schooling: Claremont & Cottesloe State Schools
Occupation: Wool classer
Died: Killed in Action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1863, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
31 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1863, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1863, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Fremantle
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1863, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
3 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1863, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (shoulder)
15 Jun 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, Headquarters Staff
15 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
19 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, 28th Infantry Battalion
15 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Willam John and Adelaide Annie SMITH, of cnr. Otway and Franklin Streets, Claremont, WA

"...2nd Lieutenant Ellis Austin William Smith, 28th Battalion, of Claremont, WA. Formerly a wool classer, 2nd Lt Smith enlisted as 1862 Gunner Smith, with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade on 7 August 1914 and as a member of the 6th Battery he embarked from Fremantle, WA, aboard HMAT Medic (A7) on 31 October 1914. He served at Gallipoli where he was wounded in action and later on the Western Front with the 28th Battalion, where he obtained his commission. He was killed in action by shell fire near Polygon Wood on 20 September 1917, aged 23 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

 

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