Albert John Horace SMITH


SMITH, Albert John Horace

Service Number: 4526
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Alexandria, NSW, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Alexandria, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine Driver
Died: Leg wound during battle of Fromelles, Fleurbaix, France, 19 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Plot VI, Row H, Grave 18 Headstone Inscription "IN MEMORY OF OUR LOVED SON MR. & MRS. SMITH ALEXANDRIA, SYDNEY"
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4526, 1st Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4526, 1st Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney

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Albert John Horace SMITH enlisted simply as Horace in 1915 and reached France in early 1916, having joined the 54th infantry battalion of the Australian Imperial Force. 

During the night of 19 July, 1916, he sustained a serious leg wound while fighting German soldiers at Fleurbaix, France during the battle of Fromelles. He died some time that night or early the next morning. He was 22. 

His younger brother Cecil shipped out to France from Australia the following month and arrived home safely at the end of the war.

Horace had no wife or children.

Son of James Brandon and Maria Ann SMITH, of 22 Jennings St., Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales.