Patrick Charles SMITH

SMITH, Patrick Charles

Service Number: 3481
Enlisted: 10 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Chiltern, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Chiltern, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Chiltern Catholic School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Monier pipe make
Died: Died of wounds, France, 4 May 1916
Cemetery: Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery
Plot I, Row A, Grave No. II
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chiltern War Memorial Gates, Shire of Chiltern Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3481, 7th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 3481, 7th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 3481, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Patrick Smith died on 4 May 1916 in France whilst in transit by field ambulance to hospital. He was one of a group of soldiers who accidently dropped the nose cap of an enemy shell. He suffered shrapnel wounds to head, left chest and right elbow in the resulting explosion. This was in the very early days of the Australians arriving in France. A court of enquiry found that the men were unaware of the dangers in the ordinance they were removing.

His younger brother, 1368 Private Joseph Smith, 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF, was killed in action 19 April 1917, age 22

They were the sons of Patrick and Teresa Smith of Chiltern, Victoria.