Albert Smethurst WEST

WEST, Albert Smethurst

Service Number: 6874
Enlisted: 28 May 1917, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School & Sydney Teachers College
Occupation: Student
Died: Died of wounds, France, 17 July 1918
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Plot 1V Row A Grave 9
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World War 1 Service

28 May 1917: Enlisted Sydney, New South Wales
16 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 6874, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Beltana embarkation_ship_number: A72 public_note: ''
16 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 6874, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
17 Jul 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1918-07-17


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017, refer to pages 136 to 138 & 277. Prior to the war he was a student of Marrickville NSW. He enlisted 28th May 1917 aged 20 years. He served with the 17th Infantry Battalion, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Unfortunately, he Died of Wounds received in battle 17th July 1918. Rest In Peace. Lest We Forget

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Albert Smethurst WEST was born in 1896 in Geelong, Victoria

His parents were Albert  Edward WEST and Alice Cecelia Maud SMETHURST

He enlisted on 28th May 1917 with the Australian Army -17th Battalion, 20th Reinforcements - Unit left Sydney on HMAT Beltana on 16th June 1917 - Rank Private - later he was commissioned as a Lieutenant

Albert had previous service with the Senior Cadets (4 years), Citizens Forces (2 years) 33rd Infantry,  Irish Rifles Commission , June 1913 . Mobilized AIF Camps in NSW (18 months)

He died of wounds on 17th July, 1918 in France and is buried in Crouy British cemetery, France - he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.