James Charles SMITH

SMITH, James Charles

Service Number: 1916
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Sale, Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, Tidworth Military Hospital, United Kingdom, 30 December 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Grave C. 233. Personal Inscription OUR BELOVED ONLY SON AT REST PEACE PERFECT PEACE Inscription presently [May 2021] shows his name as James Charles Smith., Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 1916, 37th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 1916, 37th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
26 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 1916, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Surada embarkation_ship_number: A52 public_note: ''
26 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 1916, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Surada, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Next of kin-Mother - Mrs Catherine Smith of 4 Preston Street, Preston, Victoria, sometime of  70, Cramer St. Preston, Victoria.

His father, James Charles Smith appears to have deserted his family.

Enlistment date 6 March 1916
Rank on enlistment Private.
37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916-he was 26 at this date.

Unit from Nominal Roll-28th Battalion.

There is more than one record of his attestation.

On June 21st 1915, under Service Number 2001, he stated his name to be James Charles Smith-the same as his father who appears to have deserted his family-although he described his mother who was dependent on him as a widow.

On June 26th 1916-or possibly March 6th 1916, under Service Number 330222 [scored through and changed to 1916], he stated his name to be Charles Henry Smith.

The form relating to the pension granted to his mother shows his name as James Charles Smith [enlisted as Charles Henry Smith Service Number 1916]

There is a Statutory Declaration in the name of Charles Henry Smith stating that he attested as the same on 6th March 1916 and that is his true name.