James Bradshaw SMITH


SMITH, James Bradshaw

Service Number: 2984
Enlisted: 24 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Clare, South Australia, 28 October 1868
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Clare Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Cerebro spinal meningitis, Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire, England , United Kingdom, 8 February 1917, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery
Row D, Grave No. 74 Headstone inscription "Ever remembered by loved ones"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Moonta Mines Public School Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

24 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2984, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2984, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2984, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 8th February........Private James Bradshaw Smith was born at Clare, South Australia in 1868. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 24th September, 1915 stating he was a 42* year old widower from Wallaroo, South Australia, He arrived in France on 30th June, 1916 & joined 32nd Battalion on 2nd August, 1917.

Private Smith was evacuated to Hospital on 6th December, 1916 with exhaustion. He was invalided to England & admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, England on 1st January, 1917 with Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin, dangerously ill. He was transferred to Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire, England on 31st January, 1917.

Private James Bradshaw Smith died at 2 pm on 8th February, 1917 at Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. He was buried in Christ Church Military Cemetery, Portsdown, Hampshire, England where 5 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.