The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper (later Sergeant) Walter Smith|
Ancestor's Name: Walter Charles Smith
Ancestor's date of birth: 09/01/1882
Ancestor's date of death: 05/10/1917
Cause of Death: Killed in Action Belgium 5 October 1917
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Farmer/fruit grower
Service Number: 609
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Windsor
Unit: 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 01/09/1917
Murray Page: 120
Contingent: Fifth New South Wales
Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901
Memorial details: Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Menin Gate, Belgium; Australian War Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 177 cm, weight 68 kg (1916).
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in west then east Transvaal.
Service and life after the Boer War: Was a fruit grower at Wilberforce NSW. Continued to serve in the 3rd Australian Infantry Regiment. Married Bathia - had one son aged 10 at the time of his death.
Enlisted in the AIF on 25 January 1916 2nd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement Promoted to Sergeant 29 September 1917 Killed in Action 5 October 1917, aged 35, no known grave.
Memorial - 29 The Ypres (Menin Gate) Belgium (Panel 7) Buried by 5th Pioneer Battalion AIF at (approx) J.4.a.10.8 Australian War Memorial Canberra - His name is located on the Roll of Honour in panel 34 in the Commemorative Area.
Name of Descendant: Pam Deane, Beecroft NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece
Name of Descendant: Ian Douglas Smith, Moonee Beach NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson
Name of Descendant: Jason Lloyd Smith, Varsity Lakes QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson