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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


George Charles SMITH

Born 26 August 1868 in Old Brentford, Middlesex, England [268]
Son of George Phelps SMITH and Elizabeth JONES [P412]
He was baptised on 4 October 1868 at Saint George's Church in Old Brentford, Middlesex, England [268]
In mid 1911 he was living in the outer Perth suburb of Midland Junction in Western Australia [P412]
Married Mrs Clara BRIGGS nee BOOTH on 12 June 1911 at the Church of the Ascension in Midland Junction [P412]
Railway Fettler in Gunyidi, Western Australia 1911-1913 [19] [50]
In 1916 he was working as an Operating Porter and living on Padbury Terrace in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [30: item 1778168]
Successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in Kalgoorlie on 12 February 1916 [30]
     Probably to be accepted for service he gave his age as 39 years and five months - some eight years younger than he actually was [30]
     Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 March 1916 at Blackboy Hill in the Perth hills [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 145 pounds and had grey eyes, grey hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     After training he was at Blackboy Hill on 31 March 1916 appointed to the Miners Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A38 Ulysses on 1 April 1916 [30]
     Sapper 433 in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Australian Tunnelling Company in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised due to illness three times before being invalided to England and then returned to Australia suffering from bronchitis[30]
     Embarked from England on the A30 Borda and disembarked back in Fremantle, Western Australia on 13 November 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 29 November 1917; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Railway Stationmaster at Forrest near Kalgoorlie in 1925 [50]
In 1931 was living at 32 Eaton Street in the Perth suburb of North Perth [50]
He was no longer working by 1931 as he was in poor health having been gassed during the First World War [P412]
Resided of late in North Perth [2]
Died 31 March 1934; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, ZB, 363)[2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Charles Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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