Harold Ernest SMITH


SMITH, Harold Ernest

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Inglewood, Victoria, 30 May 1891
Home Town: Geelong West, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Bell street, Fitzroy, Bendigo Central, Rochester, Flinders and Geelong State Schools
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 26 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 21st Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
12 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 22nd Infantry Battalion
13 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 22nd Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Brother of Capt. Richard Godfrey Smith (/explore/people/266246) - Killed in action in France on 26 Aug 1916 and 3486 Pte. Walter Leslie Smith (/explore/people/324591) who died of wounds in France on 31 Jul 1916

"Constable's Three Sons Killed.

GEELONG.— Word has been received that Captain Harold Smith and Captain R. G. Smith were killed in action in France on 28th August. On 31st July, another brother, Private Walter Smith died in France from wounds. All are sons of ex-police Sergeant Smith, of Bendigo, and Newtown and Chilwell." - from the Melbourne Age 26 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Richard and Mara SMITH

Captain Harold Ernest Smith was the third eldest son. He was born at Inglewood and was a married man, 25 years of age, but had no children. At the Maryborough, Bell street, Fitzroy, Bendigo Central and Rochester State Schools he received his education. He was an engineer, and learnt his trade from Mr. R. Hill, of England, and at the time of enlisting, April 1915, was employed as engineer at the Geelong Harbor Trust. He embarked on May 8, 1915, and served as second Lieutenant. Whilst in Egypt he was promoted In 1st Lieutenant. He was in the "Southland" with his brother when it was torpedoed. On arriving at Gallipoli lie served till the evacuation and returning to Egypt stayed for a short time before sailing for France, where he was promoted to captain, and served till the time of his death, which occurred on August 26. He, sailed from Australia with the 21st Battalion, 6th Brigade, but on receiving promotion was transferred to the 22nd battalion of the same brigade.