James Richard Smith

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Smith
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, October 3, 1897
Mother's Name: 
Esther Smith nee Butt
Father's Name: 
James Smith
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, June 7, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
Australian Wireless Signal Squadron
Company: 
1st
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, June 30, 1964
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

James Smith (Service No 16448) was born in Bangalow, N.S.W.

At enlistment James was single, 19 years old, worked as a postal assistant, and lived at Bulli, N.S.W.  James had served in the Senior Cadets.  He attended the Signal School at Kiama, N.S.W. before embarking from Sydney on board RMS Mongolia with 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron, 6th Reinforcement on 11th November 1916.

He arrived in Basra, Yemen on 16th December 1916 and saw service in Mesopotamia and Persia (now Iran).

James was returned to Australia in March 1919 and discharged from the AIF on 31st May 1919.

On 22nd December 1926 he married Magdalene Neagle.

He enlisted for service in World War II (Service No N104196) and served as a Lieutenant with 22nd Australian Works Company in New Guinea from 23rd March 1941 to 9th May 1945.

James died in 1964 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SMITH J R

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