George SMITH


SMITH, George

Service Numbers: 2247, 2247A
Enlisted: 9 May 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Templers, South Australia, 15 December 1876
Home Town: Freeling, Light, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ganger
Died: Died of wounds, France, 16 April 1917, aged 40 years
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery
Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 6, Grevillers British Cemetery, Grevillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Freeling Boer War, Boxer Rebellion and WW1 Memorial Panel, Freeling WW1 Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2247, 48th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2247, 51st Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2247, 51st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
12 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2247, 48th Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2247, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
16 Apr 1917: Involvement Private, SN 2247A, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

George Smith was the son of John and Elizabeth Smith, born in 1876 and was over 40 years of age when he lost his life. He was married to Martha and at least one child, John George Leslie Smith, born 1903 in Broken Hill, was awarded a pension.

The following article appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser during May 1917, ‘The late Private George Smith was the eldest son of Mrs. R. Smith, of Hamley Bridge. He was born at Templers 40 years ago, and spent about nine years in Broken Hill. He was foreman at Mr. J. E. Neldner's, and also at Scholz and Elix's chaff mill in Freeling for a number of years. Prior to enlisting in May, 1916, he was ganger for Mr. G. Baxter on the Clare railway. He sailed for England on August 12, 1916, and left for France on October 29. He was in many big battles before meeting his death on April 16. Private C. Smith, a brother, also made the supreme sacrifice. Private G. Smith left a widow and two children.’

George suffered a head wound at Bullecourt on the 9 April 1916 and died of his wound a week later. 

George’s brother 1733 Private Charles Smith 48th Battalion AIF, of Hamley Bridge SA, died of bronchitis in France 17 February 1917, age 36.