Edward Hamilton (Eddie) SMITH


SMITH, Edward Hamilton

Service Number: 4528
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Darlington, New South Wales, March 1895
Home Town: Rockdale, Rockdale, New South Wales
Schooling: Rockdale Public School and Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Machinist
Died: Killed in Action, France, 16 August 1918
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4528, Sydney, New South Wales
8 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4528, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4528, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Sydney
16 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4528, 53rd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

St George Call (Kogarah) Saturday 7 September 1918

Of 53rd Battalion, late 17th Battalion, who was killed in France on 16th August 1918. A native of Darlington, N.S.W, only son of the late Professor Thomas Smith, late of Surryville, City-road, Darlington, and grandson of Henry George Benson (Benson Lees), of Rockdale. He left Sydney, April, 1916, and was severely wounded in France, 1/11/17.After being in Hospitals and Convalescent Homes in England for nearly six months, he returned to the firing line in France, in April of this year.
Private Smith, who was well known in Rockdale, lost both of his parents when very young, and was brought up by his grandfather, at Railway Crescent, Banksia. He attended the Rockdale Public School for some years, and finished his education at the Sydney Grammar School. He leaves an only sister to mourn his loss.

NOTE: Pte Edward Hamilton SMITH is buried in Heath Cemetery (Somme) which is situated on the south side of the straight main road (D1029) from Amiens to St Quentin, approximately 13 kilometres from Villers-Bretonneux. CWGC signposts will be seen directing visitors to the cemetery.
Harbonnieres was captured by French troops in the summer of 1916. It was retaken by the Germans on 27 April 1918, and regained by the Australian Corps on 8 August 1918. Private Smith died 8 days later.


The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 5 September 1918

SMITH -Killed in action, August 10, Edward Hamilton Smith, aged 24 years. Inserted by his grandfather H. G. Benson, Benson Lees, Rockdale
SMITH - Killed in action in France, August 16, 1918, Signaller E. H. Smith, 53rd Batt. Inserted by his sincere friend, Madge E. O' Meagher.

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