Samuel James (Unknown) NAISMITH


NAISMITH, Samuel James

Service Number: 3367
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia, 23 May 1895
Home Town: Tumbarumba, Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Schooling: Broadmeadows Army Camp
Occupation: Saddler
Died: Killed in action, France, 17 September 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Tincourt New British Cemetery
Buried at Department de la Somme, Picardie, France Note: Private, Australian Pioneers. Age: 23. Burial: Tincourt New British Cemetery Somme Picardie Region, France Plot: V. E. 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3367, 5th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3367, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
17 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3367, 1st Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Zachary Naismith

Samuel James Naismith was born on the 23rd of May, 1895, Tumbarumba, New South Wales. His parents were Samuel James Naismith and Elizabeth Naismith. He was a very kind hearted person who loved his country. He had always wanted to go to war as soon as he was the right age. Before that, his occupation was a saddler, making horse harnesses and horse collars. He enlisted on the seventeenth of July, 1915, when he was twenty years and five months old, after permission from his family.

Before that he served three years in the Community Military Services in the 13th Battalion.  He then trained at the Broadmeadows Army Camp. He embarked on the HMAT NESTOR which arrived in Fremantle at 11:35pm on Sunday the 17th of February, 1915.

While they were travelling to the front there was an outbreak of measles, but Samuel was very lucky and didn't catch it. After that he became involved in the Battles of the Somme, Tarnsloy Ridge and Pozieres. He was wounded in action several times, including a shell wound to the leg. He was admitted to the closest hospital, but later got a severe gunshot wound to the body and was granted furlough (leave of absence). He suffered many more life-threatening injuries afterwards.

Samuel was ranked a Private.

Samuel James Naismith helped dig trenches while they were trying to gain battleground but stumbled across an enemy landmine and died on the 17th September 1918. He was buried at the Department de la Somme, Picardie. The landmine killed him instantly and it was a sad way to pass. His family later received a letter stating the cause of his death.

He later received medals for his achievements in the war, acknowledging his bravery. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal