Ernest Joseph SMITH

Ernest Joseph Smith Photo:
Michelle Finniear (UK)
Birthplace
Goondiwindi
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Plumber
Enlisted
03-January-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
22
Status
Single
Service No
139
Rank
Private
Unit
3rd Divisional Cyclist Company
Embarked
18-May-1916
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Lance Corporal
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
Returned to Australia
May 1919
Notes

Brother of 138 Private Edward Henry Smith.

 

Ernest Smith transferred to the 47th Battalion in England in October 1916 and arrived with his new unit in France in October. In Belgium on April 12 1917 he was severely wounded in action at Messines with gun shots to both legs. After a week in hospital at Wimereaux he was evacuated to Suffolk Ampton Hospital where he stayed for six months (see photo). He was repatriated to Australian in April 1918.