George Edward Charles SMITH

SMITH, George Edward Charles

Service Number: 1241
Enlisted: 15 February 1916, West Maitland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Gunnedah, New South Wales, July 1894
Home Town: Gunnedah, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Biograph Operator
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1241, 36th Infantry Battalion, West Maitland
13 May 1916: Involvement Private, 1241, 36th Infantry Battalion
13 May 1916: Embarked Private, 1241, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
9 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 9th Machine Gun Company
25 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 9th Machine Gun Company
13 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
17 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
22 Sep 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1241, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, 'Port Sydney' for return to Australia - arrived 12 November, 1919.
13 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1241, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

George Smith was a projectionist at a local piucture theatre, Ikin's Picture Palace, in Gunnedah, New South Wales for five years prior to his enlistment in February 1916.

The son of the late George and Elizabeth Smith, of Barber Street, Gunnedah he trained for a few weeks at Rutherford camp before sailing for England with 'Carmichael's Thousand' in the 'Beltana' on 13 May, 1916.

He crossed to France in November 1916 as part of the 9th Machine Gun Company. By the end of the war he had been promoted to Sergeant.

He returned to Australia in September 1919.