William Edwin SMITH

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SMITH, William Edwin

Service Number: 118
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles
Born: Gumeracha, South Australia, 9 September 1872
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stone mason
Died: Killed in Action, Arundel, South Africa, 21 February 1900, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Colesberg Cemetery, South Africa
Memorials: Adelaide 3 Boer War Memorial*, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 118, 1st South Australian Mounted Contingent
18 Feb 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 118, 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles

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Biography

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA: 1839 - 1900) Monday 26 February 1900

[BY SUBMARINE TELEGRAPH.]

[Received February 26, 3 a.m.]

THE NORTH OF CAPE COLONY.

A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SLAIN.

London, February 23, 3.34 p.m.

Private William Edwin Smith, of the first South Australian Contingent, was slain near Arundel on the 21st inst. The deceased was a native of Gumeracha, and was twenty-seven years of age. He was a mason by trade, and had belonged to the Petersburg Rifle Company for eighteen months prior to his departure for South Africa. He was unmarried. His mother, who survives him, resides near Wallaroo.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54421661

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA: 1839 - 1900) Tuesday 27 February 1900

THE LATE PRIVATE SMITH

PETERSBURG, February 26.

General regret was expressed at the news of the death of Private W.E. Smith at Arundel. He was a mason by trade, and had been living here for some years. He joined the Petersburg Company, V.M.R. in August 1888. He was about 27 years of age. His mother, Mrs. G. Powell, is living at Tickera. He was a member of the Salvation Army, and bore an excellent character; was a first-class horseman, and was very powerfully built. 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54430803

 

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