Arthur Smith

#123, (20 April 1894-after 19 March 1931)
FatherWalter Thomas Smith (11 Sep 1851-19 Mar 1930)
MotherLucy Deane (c 1859-May 1943)
ChartsDeane Family - descendants
Manthorpe Family - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Last Edited8 Mar 2019
The Smith Brothers; James at back, Ted (?) and Arthur (?) seated
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Arthur was born on Friday, 20 April 1894 at Yorketown, South Australia.1,2,3 He was the son of Walter Thomas Smith and Lucy Deane. He presumably lived with his parents at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, in August 1898.4

The Smith family hosted a social evening at their house at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia for the Cape Borda Christian Endeavor Society, and the three girls and two of the men contributed songs and recitations.5 Jim and his brothers Edward and Arthur had their photos taken together c1905.

On Saturday, 18 January 1908 the Smith family departed Harvey's Return, in Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia for their annual holidays. On their journey to Adelaide, a large bushfire was observed on the island.6

He presumably lived with his parents at Kongorong, South Australia, in August 1912.7 Arthur Smith was a labourer in October 1915.3

Arthur Smith began military service on Thursday, 14 October 1915 with the Light Horse at age 21.3 He was described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 136 pounds. His complexion was fair, his eyes blue and his hair was dark brown in October 1915.3 He embarked from Australia on Thursday, 10 February 1916 on HMAT Warillda for Heliopolis, Egypt.3

Arthur's brother Edward began military service on Monday, 17 April 1916 with the 2nd Depot Battalion at age 31 His service number was 2031.8 Arthur was transferred to the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column as a gunner.9 Arthur was appointed to be a driver and 'shoeing smith' on 26 May 1916, both roles associated with the artillery's horses.9

He departed from Alexandria and arrived in Marseilles, France on Thursday, 29 June 1916 afer a 11 day voyage.9 Arthur was serving in France by 27 July 1916 with the in 13th Field Artillery Brigade as a gunner.3

He injured his ankle and was sent to 15th Field Ambulance on 29 July 1916; he was returned to his unit 13 days later. Taken on strength.10,11,12,2

News was received on Thursday, 17 May 1917 that his brother Edward was missing, and had been missing since 11th April.13,12,14

He was charged on 14 June 1917 with 'neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline' when he didn't promptly obey an order. He was awarded 7 days of Field Punishment No.2 which usually involved heavy labouring duties, sometimes wearing fetters.15 News was received on Wednesday, 20 June 1917 that his brother Edward was severely wounded and was a prisoner of war in Germany.13,12 Reverted to a gunner on Tuesday, 26 June 1917 at his own request; a week later he spent spent at Trench Mortar School.15
An Australian 18 pounder
Source: Virtual War Memorial Australia
https://vwma.org.au/explore/units/260)


On 20 September 1917 he was transferred to the 50th Battery of 13th Field Artillery Brigade.15 After only a week in his new unit, Arthur was granted furlough on Thursday, 27 September 1917, rejoining his unit on 11th of October.15 Arthur was granted another week's period of furlough on Thursday, 24 January 1918.16 He was decorated while serving in the military on 9 August 1918 at Villiers Bretonneux, France. He was awarded the Military Medal for 'bravery in the field'. He worked with one other man to repair a gun hit by an enemy shell; the gun continued to be under fire and many casualities were sustained, but Arthur kept working until the gun was repaired.3

He was transferred to the role of Fitter on 14 November 1918.17

One week after the war ended, he was granted 2 weeks leave in England, returning on 2 December 1918.17 News was received in February 1919 that his brother Edward had been returned to England.13,12 Arthur Smith was ill with influenza at the time of the world-wide Spanish flu outbreak in March 1919.17 His influenza caused him to be returned to England on 9 March 1919 and he spent 4 days in The King George Hospital Stamford Street, in London. On discharge he was given 14 days leave before having to report to AIF Headquarters in late March.18

With the war over by nearly 6 months, Arthur was AWOL for 3 days from Friday, 2 May 1919 and was fined 3 days pay.18

Arthur returned to Australia on 16 July 1919 at age 25 on the 'Durham'.3 Arthur was discharged on Friday, 10 October 1919 at Adelaide.3 He was awarded the 1914/1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal in addition to his Military Medal.19 Arthur's brother Edward was discharged from military service on Thursday, 27 November 1919 at age 35.20

Arthur Smith married May (?)21 Arthur lived in March 1930 at the Adelaide suburb of Mile End.22

His father died 19 March 1930 at the age of 78. Arthur was aged 35 when this happened.21

Arthur died after 19 March 1931.21

His mother died May 1943 at the approximate age of 84. Arthur was aged 49 when this happened.

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1894BirthYorketown, South Australia1,2,3
1915Occupation3
1915Description3
1916MilitaryHeliopolis, Egypt3
1916MilitaryMoascar, Egype9
1916Military9
1916MilitaryFrance3
1917MilitaryFrance15
1917Military15
1918Military16
1918Mlt awardVilliers Bretonneux, France3
1919Illness17
1919MilitaryThe King George Hospital Stamford Street, in London18
1919Mlt return to Aust3
1919Military DischargeAdelaide3
Mlt award19
Marriage21
1930Residencethe Adelaide suburb of Mile End22
1931Death21

Family

May (?) (c 1895-)

Citations

  1. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.540 p.483.
  2. [S1026] Manthorpe website (http://www.manthorpe.org.uk/modules/news/article.php).
  3. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith.
  4. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1898 'CHURCH INTELLIGENCE.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 17 August, p. 6. , viewed 03 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29415708
  5. [S243] The Adelaide Observer (later The Observer), Adelaide, South Australia, 1898 'COUNTRY NEWS.', Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), 20 August, p. 12. , viewed 04 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162328002
  6. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1908 'MARINE BOARD'S ANNUAL INSPECTION.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 21 January, p. 8. , viewed 05 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5121972
  7. [S458] The Register (Adelaide), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1912 'Family Notices', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 11 September, p. 10. , viewed 07 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58596616
  8. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.1.
  9. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.13.
  10. [S664] Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/) https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/U51488
  11. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.4.
  12. [S1058] The Border Watch, Mt. Gambier, South Australia, Australia, 1917 'AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES.', Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), 23 June, p. 5. , viewed 06 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77665997
  13. [S458] The Register (Adelaide), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1917 'BIOGRAPHICAL.', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 25 June, p. 6. , viewed 07 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59138102
  14. [S1058] The Border Watch, Mt. Gambier, South Australia, Australia, 1917 'AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES.', Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), 23 May, p. 4. , viewed 07 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77665138
  15. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.14.
  16. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.14-15.
  17. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.15.
  18. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.16.
  19. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith p.21.
  20. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.5.
  21. [S489] The Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 19 Mar 1931 p.8.
  22. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Obituary, 31 March 1930 p.9.