Perceval Lascelles SMITH MC


SMITH, Perceval Lascelles

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 21 February 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 20 March 1886
Home Town: South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: St Pauls Cathedral School, Melbourne
Occupation: Bank Accountant
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 2 September 1918, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot IV, Row E, Grave 23
Memorials: Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book
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World War 1 Service

21 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 39th Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 39th Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
15 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 39th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1917: Honoured Military Cross
2 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

PERCEVAL LASCELLES SMITH, son of Mrs. W. Birnie, was born at Williamstown, Victoria, on 20th March, 1886, and received his education at St. Paul’s Cathedral School, Melbourne. He joined the service of the Bank on 13th August, 1902, at Fitzroy; he was transferred to Richmond, Victoria, on 27th October, 1902; to Melbourne on 21st February, 1905; to Warrnambool, as ledger-keeper, on 1st August, 1906; and to Bendigo, as ledger-keeper, on 26th November, 1908. On 21st December of the following year he joined the Inspector’s Staff in Melbourne.

Perceval Lascelles Smith enlisted as a private in the A.I.F. on 10th May, 1915, from which rank he rose to that of captain. He served in France and was wounded at Clery-sur-Somme by machine-gun fire, and died from the effect of these wounds on 2nd September, 1918.

He was awarded the M.C. for digging out one of his men from beneath the parapet of a trench under direct machine-gun fire.

Source - Bank of NSW Roll of Honour