James Foote SMITH


SMITH, James Foote

Service Number: NX68018
Enlisted: 6 February 1941, Paddington, NSW
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 9 July 1918
Home Town: Harrington, Greater Taree, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Injuries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2 January 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

6 Feb 1941: Involvement Sapper, SN NX68018
6 Feb 1941: Enlisted Paddington, NSW

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sapper James Foote Smith NX68018 of 52 Port Craft Company Royal Australian Engineers was a passenger in a car that overturned near the corner of Bulla Road and Dublin Street in North Essendon on New Years’ day 1945 after a wheel of the car struck a culvert. 

There were 7 people in the car - Richard Brookman (the driver of the car) and LAC Harrison RAAF 13414 were pronounced dead on arrival at the new Royal Melbourne Hospital

Sapper Smith died the next day from the injuries he received in the accident. 

LAC Ernest James Oldknow RAAF 8590 suffered head injuries and was transferred to Heidelberg Military Hospital - he was discharged from the RAAF 27 Apr 1945

Also injured were Mr John Wilcox, Mrs Portbury and Keith Portbury aged 6 years