Ivan Lockhart SMITH

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SMITH, Ivan Lockhart

Service Number: VX44388
Enlisted: 4 July 1940, Caulfield, Victoria
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 1st Australian Parachute Battalion
Born: Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, 2 May 1915
Home Town: Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Bachelor of Law: grad. 1938)
Occupation: Law (Articled) Clerk
Died: Aircraft Accident, Currency Creek, New South Wales, Australia, 14 October 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery
Plot E, Row C, Grave 4
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

4 Jul 1940: Involvement Lieutenant, SN VX44388, 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
4 Jul 1940: Enlisted Caulfield, Victoria
1 Aug 1940: Involvement Lieutenant, SN VX44388, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
22 Nov 1940: Involvement Captain, SN VX44388, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
12 Mar 1941: Embarked Captain, SN VX44388, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, HMS Katoomba
6 May 1943: Involvement Captain, SN VX44388, 1st Australian Parachute Battalion
28 Jul 1943: Involvement Major, SN VX44388, 1st Australian Parachute Battalion

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

De Havilland Dragon A34-37 of 36SQN (Paratroop Training Unit) crashed at Burner Creek, NSW killing Sergeant Ian Eustace Hollingdale 432005 RAAF

Also killed were Major Ivan Lockhart Smith VX44388 & Lieutenant Denzil Leslie Govett VX29955 of the 1st Parachute Battalion - Australian Infantry

LAC William Edward Barlow 72382 RAAF photographer & Sergeant Richard Elliot Moran NX4501 survived with severe injuries