Sydney Harold BANKS-SMITH


BANKS-SMITH, Sydney Harold

Service Number: 2884
Enlisted: 30 March 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: First Class Air Mechanic
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Cundletown, New South Wales, 1893
Home Town: Concord, Canada Bay, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Died: Accidental (Injuries), Leighterton, England, United Kingdom, 3 July 1918
Cemetery: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England
Military, Grave 4, Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pambula District Soldiers Memorial, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

30 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2884, Sydney, New South Wales
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2884, 5th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2884, 5th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ajana, Sydney
3 Jul 1918: Involvement First Class Air Mechanic, SN 2884, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Sydney Harold BANKS-SMITH was born in 1893 in Cundletown, near Taree NSW

His parents were Harold BANKS-SMITH and Florence DIXON - after Harold died Florence remarried in 1902 to Harold LODGE

Sydney enlisted on 31st March, 1915 with the 5th Field Ambulance - Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ajana on 31st May, 1915

Sydney died as a result of an plane accident on 3rd July, 1918 and is buried in Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England

He is also listed in the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour at Sydney Grammar School whcih he attended in 1906

FIND A GRAVE - Photo of Sydney and also his Headstone (


Sydney Morning Herald 16th July, 1918


BANKS-SMITH  July 3, 1918 at Leighterton, Gloucestershire, died of injuries received in an accident.  Sydney Harold Banks-Smith aged 25 years.  Australian Flying Corps, Service, Gallipoli, France, England

"The path of duty was his way to glory"


The Mercury Hobart, 14th August, 1918


BANKS-SMITH  On July 3, 1918 died of injuries received in an aeroplane accident at Leighterton, Gloucestershire, England.  Sydney Harold Banks-SMITH aged 25 years, Australian Flying Corp (late 5th Field Ambulance)  Served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France Elder son of Mrs. H Lodge and the late Harold Banks-Smith, and grandson of the late Canon Banks-Smith, Hobart


In a letter to his family he described his experiences as a stretcher bearer at Gallipoli up to the last night of the evacuation.  Being an ambulance driver in the Middle East and France and then an Air Medic with the Australian Flying Corp at Leighterton, England where he was killed in an aircraft training accident on 3rd July 1918.  According to his Red Cross Wounded & Missing File he was taking a test flight with another pilot for the purpose of testing a machine gun and was diving at the target when the machine collapsed and crashed into the ground killing both men instantly with the impact.  He was well iiked at the aerodrome and many of his friends attended a full military funeral with the informant remarking that it was hard to think he went through Gallipoli & France in some of the tougher corners and then to be killed here

PHOTO & more information from Australian War Memorial (