SMITH, George Stewart
(Service number N/N)
|Aliases||Known as Stewart|
|First Rank||2nd Lieutenant||Last Rank|
|Date||22 March 1888||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||9 April 1915||Age||27 years|
|Address at Enlistment||144 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Victoria|
|Previous Military Experience||School Cadets - 2 years|
|Next of Kin||Anthony Adrian SMITH (father), 144 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 7¼ inches. Weight 140 lbs|
|Served with||Australian Imperial Force||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||14th Reinforcement|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||6th Battalion|
|Date||28 January 1916|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Military Awards||Military Cross|
Award Circumstances and Date
Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, April 1918 - led his company in a night attack on 24/25 April, showing “fearless disregard of danger”.
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||28 October 1919||Reason||Appointment terminated.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||31 July 1924||Age||36 years|
|Place of Death||At residence, Balwyn, Victoria|
|Cause||Effects of war service|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Boroondara Cemetery Kew, Melbourne|
|New Zealand Memorials||Scotch College (Melbourne) World War I Honours|
George Stewart Smith, known as Stewart, was born on 22 March 1888 at Timaru, the first born of the family of Anthony Adrian and Jeanie Stewart (née Gellatly) Smith. Two more children were born in New Zealand before the family moved to Victoria, Australia, where three sons were born, one dying young. George Stewart Smith enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 9 April 1915 at Melbourne, Australia. He was 27 years old, a grain buyer, single and Presbyterian. His nominated next-of-kin was his father – Anthony Adrian Smith, 144 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria. Stewart had served in the School Cadets (Scotch College) for two years.
In the famous battle of Villers-Bretonneux, in April 1918, Stewart earned the Military Cross. He had led his company in a night attack on 24/25 April, showing “fearless disregard of danger”. G. S. Smith commenced the return to Australia on board “Port Melbourne” on 5 July 1919. He disembarked at Melbourne on 29 August 1919. [Cenotaph Database].
The war career of Major George Stewart Smith was outstanding, but it took its toll. He died on 31 July 1924, at his home at Balwyn, Victoria, from the effects of his war service, and aged just 36 years. He was buried in Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Melbourne. Two Melbourne-born brothers also served in World War I – Malcolm Carlyle Smith (8648) and Anthony Adrian Smith (39706).
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 April 2020]; The Scotch College World War I Honours and Awards Website, q.v. [14 April 2020]
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