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Shoeing-Smith Herbert Job

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Herbert William Job

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 1942

Cause of Death: Health issues related to service in France (wounded by gassing).

Service Number: 2903

Colony or State of enlistment: WA, Place of Enlistment: Kalgoolie

Unit: 4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, D Company - Westralians

Rank attained in Boer War: Shoeing-Smith, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LCPL, Date Effective: 03/12/1916

Murray Page: 436

Contingent: Second Australian

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 07/04/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Herbert was born near Bendigo, Victoria. Height: 1.7 m, weight: 70.3 kg (1916), of fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Herbert's unit did not see active service in South Africa.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Albany Western Australia on the 30 July 1902 on the transport Drayton Grange. By 1916 he was married to Ellen, working as a Shoeing Smith and living in Boulder, Western Australia. Joined the AIF on 12 April 1916 as a sapper to serve in the 2nd Tunnelling Company, Australian Engineers. He served in France, and appointed lance corporal on 3 December 1916. Was wounded in action (gassed) on 13 March 1918. Does appear to have reverted to the rank of sapper at the time of discharge.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Olive Hally, Wandina WA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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