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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

James SMITH

Born 1884 in County Cavan, Ireland [30: item 1782797]
Son of Michael and Julia SMITH [30: item 1782797]
Contractor in Three Springs, Western Australia in 1915 and 1916 [50]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Geraldton on 29 May 1916[30: item 1782797]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed 141 pounds and had blue eyes, brown hair a medium complexion [30]
After initial training he was appointed to the 4th Reinforcements of the 43rd Infantry Battalion on 5 September 1916 [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A16 Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916 [30]
Disembarked in Devonport, England on 28 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 10 April 1917 [30]
Private 2400 in the Australian Imperial Force's 43rd Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Wounded in Action in France on 4 June 1917 and was evacuated to England with severe gunshot wounds to his left thigh [30]
After recovering in England he left for France on 17 January 1918 and rejoined his unit on 23 January 1918 [30]
Wounded in Action on 26 May 1918 and after medical attention for gassing rejoined his unit on nine days later on 4 June 1918 [30]
Wounded in Action for the third time on 4 July 1918 and was evacuated to England with a gunshot wound to his right thigh [30]
Invalided back to Australia, embarking on the Nestor and disembarking in Fremantle, Western Australia on 18 January 1919 [30]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
He was tendered a Welcome Home at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Monday 4 August 1919 [10: 8-Aug-1919]
Discharged from the A.I.F. on 15 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30: item 1782797]
Contractor in Three Springs in 1919 [50]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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