Richard James SMETHURST

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SMETHURST, Richard James

Service Number: 2517
Enlisted: 14 July 1915, Enlisted at Seymour, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Gardenvale, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Albert Park State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Motor Mechanic and Carpenter
Died: Died of illness - Septicaemia from an insect bite, St Andrews Hospital, Malta, 28 November 1915
Cemetery: Pieta Military Cemetery
Plot D, Row 1X, Grave 6 Chaplain A. G. Mackinnon officiated Headstone inscription reads: TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, North Road Presbyterian Church HB
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2517, Enlisted at Seymour, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2517, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
16 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2517, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John Thomas Smethurst and Christina McDonald Smethurst nee Beaston of 120 Head Street, Gardenvale, Victoria

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

By trade he was a Carpenter