Cyril Charles SMITH

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SMITH, Cyril Charles

Service Number: 538
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gawler, South Australia, 25 October 1892
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Christian Brothers College, Adelaide
Occupation: Draper
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Broken Hill War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 538, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 538, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 538, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE C. C. SMITH.

Private Cyril Charles Smith, who was killed in action an tlhe Dardanelles, was born at Gawler, South Australia, 22 years ago. He was the youngest son of Mr. W. H. Smith, and was educated at the Christian Brothers' College, Adelaide. At an early age he showed an adventurous spirit, and when 17 years of age set out, without the knowledge of his parents, to see the world, booking on as one of the crew of a German sailing vessel bound for England. The trip was full of thrilling incidents, severe gales driving the vessel south out of her course. A mutiny broke out, and the captain was placed in irons by the crew. The trip lasted seven months. Private Smith remained in England for a time, and then returned home. He did not bring back the fortune of his youthful dreams, but seemed satisfied. He joined the Garrisan Artillery at Largs Fort. After two years he went, with the rest of his family, to Broken Hill, where he was employed by Mr. J. C. Goodhart. He was well liked and the other employees made him a handsome presentation when he left to join the Expeditionary Force. He was one of the famous 10th Battalion of the 3rd Bridge. Two brothers are at the front. R.I.P." - from the Adelaide Southern Cross 16 Jul 1915 (nla.gov.au)

 

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