Clifford Charles SMERDON

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SMERDON, Clifford Charles

Service Numbers: 3553, 6381
Enlisted: 14 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Rowan, Victoria, 8 November 1896
Home Town: Murrayville, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: Mount Rowan State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Murrayville Roll of Honour also
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

14 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3553, 10th Infantry Battalion
14 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
23 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6381, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
23 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6381, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6381, 21st Infantry Battalion, Poelcappelle

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Biography

Clifford Charles Smerdon, originally enlisted at Keswick Barracks in Adelaide South Australia and sailed from South Australia  as a signaller with the 11th quota of reinforcements for the 10th Battalion aboard HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915. During  intensive training in Egypt he fell ill with pleurisy, was returned to Australia, and subsequently discharged from the AIF. Some months later he re-enlisted and with his elder brother, Private Alfred Roy Smerdon returned to the Western Front. 

"AUSTRALIANS IN ACTION. DISTRICT CASUALTIES. PRIVATE C. C. SMERDON.

Private Clifford Charles Smerdon, killed in action on 9th October, 1917 (previously reported missing), was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Smerdon, of Murrayvale, late of Mount Rowan. The deceased soldier enlisted in Adelaide in 1915 and after five months' training as a signaller left for Egypt, where he fell ill with pleurisy, was returned to Australia, and subsequently discharged. Some months later he re-enlisted and went to the Front with an elder brother, Private A. R. Smerdon, who is still on active service. After a few weeks in action Private Charles met his untimely death at the age of 20 years. He was a native of Sale, V."from the Creswick Advertiser 22 Mar 1918 (nla.gov.au) 

Brother of 6380 Pte. Alfred Roy Smerdon (/explore/people/315823) who was Killed in Action on 01 Sep 1918.

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