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Trooper David Smythe

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: David George Smythe

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/05/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 05/03/1950

Cause of Death: Bronchopneumonia and Arteriosclerosis

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Bendigo, Victoria.

Service Number: 2009

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: A Squadron 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 12/03/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 10/04/1918

Murray Page: 127

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901

Memorial details: No details

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and Souith Africa 1902 clasps. British War Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 176 cm, weight 72 kg (1918).

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in Free State and East Transvaal including Boer breakthrough at Langverwacht (24 February 1902).

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a miner in Western Australia. Enlisted for service during World War 1 on 7 May 1918 at Geraldton WA; served with the Light Horse Ambulance in Egypt, returned to Australia 28 November 1919. David George Smythe had three children with Elizabeth Hitchcock {DOB 8 July 1891} Robert David Smythe DOB. 27/11/1931 Bessie Smythe DOB 16 November 1933 Jimmy Smythe DOB 1936; they never married. David George Smythe died at Fremantle Hospital 28 February 1950 Unfortunately all photos were destroyed in a fire not long after his passing.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Glenn Robert Smythe, Bassendean WA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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