Cyril Gordon George (Sid) SMITH

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SMITH, Cyril Gordon George

Service Number: 2111
Enlisted: 1 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 11 October 1894
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Died: GSW thigh & fractured femur 19/7/1916 Fromelles, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, England, United Kingdom, 15 December 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Guildford (Stoke) Old Cemetery
Stoke Old Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, North Adelaide Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2111, 32nd Infantry Battalion
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2111, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2111, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Suffered a severe bullet wound to thigh, he eventually died of this wound.

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Biography contributed by Al Staunton

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 15 December 1917, page 8

HEROES OF THE GREAT WAR

SMITH—In loving memory of our dearly loved nephew, died of wounds, December 15, 1916.

In a soldier's grave he's sleeping,

One of the bravest and best,

While the battles were raging around him,

God called him home to rest

—Inserted by his loving aunt and uncle, E. M. and W. R. Venables, and Cousin Leslie.

SMITH.—In loving memory of Cyril, who died of wounds at Guildford Hospital, England, December 15th, 1916. We loved him well, but Jesus loved him best.

—Inserted by his loving aunt and uncle, M. and F. Dawes, Prospect.

SMITH.—In loving memory of Private C. G. G. Smith, died of wounds, December 15th,1916.

At the heavenly gates he will meet me,

With the same sweet, loving smile.

We are only parted, Cyril dear,

Just for a little while.

Also, Cyril, I carried out your wish.—Inserted by his loving sweetheart, Gertrude Darmody.

SMITH.—In loving memory of my dear brother, No. 2111, Private Cyril G. G. Smith (Sid), who died of wounds in Guildford, England, December 15, 1916, aged 23 years.

Duty called him, he was there

To do his bit and take hid share.

His heart was good, his spirit brave,

His resting-place a soldier's grave.

Far, far from the home of his childhood,

Away o'er the ocean so deep,

In a far-away land my dear brother Sid

Is taking his last long sleep.

Inserted by his loving brother, Spencer (Stan),

Prospect.

SMITH.—In loving memory of my dear brother, No. 2111, Private Cyril G. G. Smith (Sid), died of wounds in Guildford, England, December 15, 1916, aged 22 years.

His King and country called him,

The call was not in vain;

On Australia's roll of honor

You will find my dear brother Sid's name,

—Inserted by his loving brother, Clarence.

SMITH.—In loving memory of our dear son, No. 2111, Private Cyril G G. Smith, died of wounds in Guildford, England, December 15, 1916, aged 22 years.

How hard it was to part with him

We held on earth so dear;

The heart no greater trial knows

No sorrow more severe.

Days of sadness still come o'er us,

Hidden, secret tears still flow;

But memory keeps our loved one near us,

Friends may think we have forgotten you, dear

Cyril,

When at times they see us smile;

But they little know what aching hearts

Those smiles hide all the while.

—Inserted by his loving mother and father, Prospect.

SMITH.—In loving memory of my dear brother, No. 2111, Private Cyril G. G. Smith (Sid), died of wounds in Guildford, england, December 15, 1916, aged 22 years

You who bave brothers love them while you may, For they, like my dear brother Cyril,

May soon pass away.

—Inserted by his little and only sister, Glen.

SMITH.—In loving memory of our dear nephew, Cyril, who died of wounds in England, December 15, 1916.

Too far away your grave to see,

But not too far to think of thee.

—Inserted by his aunt and uncle, S. A. and G. R. Nettleton.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5580496

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 15th December....... Private Cyril Gordon George (Sid) Smith was born at Prospect, South Australia on 11th October, 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th October, 1915 as a 21 year old, single, Cabinet Maker.

Private Smith arrived in France on 23rd June, 1916 to join 32nd Battalion. He was wounded in action in France on 19th July, 1916. He was invalided to England with gunshot wounds to thigh & fractured femur & admitted to Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, England on 12th August, 1916.

Private Cyril Gordon George Smith died on 15th December, 1916 from wounds received in action. He was buried Stoughton Cemetery, (now referred to as Stoke Old Cemetery), Stoughton Road, Guildford, Surrey, England.

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Biography

"...2111 Private Cyril Gordon George Smith, 32nd Battalion. A cabinet maker from Prospect, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 3rd Reinforcements from Adelaide on 7 February 1916 aboard HMAT Miltiades for Suez. The battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during July 1916. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916 and was initially evacuated to the 9th Red Cross Hospital in Calais, France. As he was not responding to treatment he was evacuated to England in August 1916 to the Royal County Surrey Hospital. Pte Smith died of these wounds on 15 December 1916 and is buried in the Guildford (Stoke) Old Cemetery. He was aged 22 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"THE LATE PRIVATE C. G. G. SMITH.

Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Smith, of 39, High bury-street, Prospect, have been informed that their eldest son, Private Cyril G. G. Smith, died of wounds (received in France) at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, England. He was educated at the North Adelaide Public School. Private Smith left for the front on February 7, 1916 with reinforcements of the 32nd Battalion. Private Smith was in Egypt for about three months, and then was transferred to the firing line. He was much respected by a large circle of friends." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 30 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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