Ezekiel James SMILEY


SMILEY, Ezekiel James

Service Number: 3451
Enlisted: 7 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Northcote, Victoria, Australia, September 1892
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Northcote State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Hospital attendant
Died: Malignant carcinoma, Military Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, 31 December 1917
Cemetery: St. John the Evangelist Churchyard, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3451, 8th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3451, 8th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3451, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Adelaide
22 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 59th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 30th December…… Ezekiel James Smiley was born at Northcote, Victoria in 1892 to parents Ezekiel & Margaret Smiley (nee Willis). Ezekiel’s parents – Margaret Smiley died in 1893 & Ezekiel Smiley died in 1898.

Ezekiel James Smiley enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th July, 1915 as a 23 year old, single Hospital Attendant from 85 Beaver’s Road, Northcote, Victoria. His next of kin was listed as his foster father – Mr W. Wood of 85 Beaver’s Road, Northcote, Victoria.

Private Ezekiel James Smiley embarked from Adelaide on HMAT Nestor (A71) on 11th October, 1915. He was admitted to No. 1 Australian Hospital at Heliopolis with a Hernia on 4th December, 1915 & was discharged to Suez Convalescent Camp on 11th December, 1915.

On 17th January, 1916 Private Smiley was admitted to Abbassia Detention Barracks with VD & was discharged to duty on 16th March, 1916.

He embarked from Alexandria on 21st June, 1916 to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 30th June, 1916.

Private Smiley was marched out to his Battalion from Etaples on 14th September, 1916. He joined the 59th Battalion from 8th Battalion on 15th September, 1916.
On 6th April, 1917 Private Smiley reported sick. He was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station on 8th April, 1917 then transferred to 6th General Hospital at Rouen on 9th April, 1917 with Laryngitis. Private Smiley was transferred from Havre to England on 29th April, 1917 on Hospital Ship Warilda. He was admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital at Portsmouth on 30th April, 1917 then transferred to Red Cross Northwood Hospital at Cowes from 25th June, 1917 to 27th July, 1917. Private Smiley was transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on 27th July, 1917 & discharged to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth on 6th August, 1917.

Private Smiley was marched in to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth on 6th August, 1917. He was marched out to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 4th October, 1917.

He was medically classified as B1 A2 (fit for Overseas Training Camp in three to four weeks) while at Hurdcott on 5th October, 1917. He was classified again on 11th October, 1917 as B1 A3 (fit for Overseas Training Camp in two to three weeks). Private Smiley was medically classified on 16th October, 1917 as B1 A4 (fit for Overseas Training Camp when dentally fit) & on 24th October, 29th October & 30th November classified as A3 (fit for Overseas Training Camp to which transferred for hardening, prior to rejoining Unit overseas).

On 7th December, 1917 Private Smiley was marched out to Overseas Training Brigade at Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire in readiness for his return to the Front.

He was admitted to the Military Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 24th December, 1917 with Laryngitis.

Private Ezekiel James Smiley died at 4.30 pm on 30th December, 1917 at the Military Hospital, Sutton Veny of a new growth in stomach - malignant carcinoma.
He was buried in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried & 2 WW1 Australian Nurses are laid to rest.


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