Leonard Angus SMITH


SMITH, Leonard Angus

Service Numbers: 4014, V10959
Enlisted: 31 August 1917
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: General Hospitals
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 25 October 1882
Home Town: Bayswater, Knox, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Illness, Australia, 29 July 1943, aged 60 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4014, 4th Light Horse Regiment
22 Dec 1917: Embarked Private, SN 4014, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
22 Dec 1917: Involvement Private, SN 4014, 4th Light Horse Regiment
28 Sep 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
16 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4014, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN V10959
10 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN V10959, General Hospitals

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

From How We Served
The final resting place for; - 4014 & V10959 Acting Sergeant Leonard Angus Smith of Bayswaters and Middle Brighton, Victoria who was engaged in farming when he enlisted for War Service on the 12th of October 1917.

Leonard was allocated to reinforcements for the 4th Light Horse Regiment 1st AIF, and was embarked for England vide Egypt for further training on the 22nd of December. Having arrived in Egypt on the 16th of January 1918, Leonard was re-embarked for England where he arrived on the 15th of February.

Following his disembarkation, Leonard was transferred to Artillery Details, and entered camp at Tidworth on the 22nd of March, where he was mustered as a Gunner.

Leonard was sent over to France where he was disembarked on the 15th of September, and was formally taken on strength with the 3rd Divisional Artillery Column on the 24th of September. Gunner Smith’s service in the field would be continuous, and following the signing of the Armistice in November 1918, he was returned to England on the 13th of April 1919.

From England, Leonard began his repatriation back to Australia on the 8th of May, and following his arrival he received his formal discharge from the 1st AIF for his re-entry into civilian life on the 16th of July 1919.

With the outbreak of a Second World War, Leonard again presented himself for service with the Australian Military Forces on the 10th of February 1941.

Allocated to the Australian Army Medical Corps, Leonard was posted to the 115th Australian General Hospital (Heidelberg) with which his service would be continuous.

Whilst on duty with this Unit, Leonard was evacuated sick and was admitted into hospital at Heidelberg, where he would succumb to illness on the 29th of July 1943. Leonard was aged 60 at the time of his death whilst serving with the Australian Army Medical Corps.

Sergeant Leonard Smith, a veteran of the ‘Great War’, and who had chosen to serve Australia again during World War Two, was formally laid to rest within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.