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

Enlistment Information

Date 9 April 1915 Age 27 years
Address at Enlistment 144 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Occupation Grain buyer
Previous Military Experience School Cadets - 2 years
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Anthony Adrian SMITH (father), 144 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7¼ inches. Weight 140 lbs

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 14th Reinforcement
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Battalion
Date 28 January 1916
Transport Themistocles
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals
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
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 28 October 1919 Reason Appointment terminated.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Clerk; accountant


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
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials Scotch College (Melbourne) World War I Honours

Biographical Notes

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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