Sydney Walter SMART

SMART, Sydney Walter

Service Number: VX71284
Enlisted: 27 January 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Field Squadron Engineers
Born: Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 8 March 1912
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Worker
Died: Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 3 August 1996, aged 84 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ararat General Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

27 Jan 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX71284
17 Oct 1943: Embarked Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sapper, SN VX71284, 2nd Field Squadron Engineers, ex cairns per Duntroon for Buna
12 Oct 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX71284

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Sydney was the second of five children of Walter Smart (b1880 in Ararat, Victoria) and Alice Sophia Blake (b1889 in Ararat, Victoria). Walter - a Bricklayer - and Alice married in 1909 in Ararat, Victoria, where they settled and raised their family.

Sydney worked as a Labourer and Railway Worker in Ararat, and in 1938 married Gertrude May Matthews (b1917 in Melbourne, Victoria). In December 1941 Sydney enlisted in the Australian Army and was a Sapper (Service No:VX71284) attached to 2 Australian Field Squadron RAE when he was Discharged in October 1945. Brother Frederick Lewis Smart (Private; Service No:VX113368) and Cousins Mervyn Goulbourn Smart (Sergeant; RAAF Service No:401397), Harold James Smart (Leading Aircraftman; Service No:56560), Leslie Raymond Smart (Trooper; service No:VX77231) and Henry Roy Smart (Flying Officer; service No:428266) also served in WWII. 

Sydney and Gertrude settled in Ararat, where Sydney was a Railways Worker. Gertrude died in 1989 and Sydney died in 1996.