Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
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Private Melville Gardiner Smith

Service No.:
3928
Unit:
8th Battalion
Tree No.:
S240
Planted by:
Mrs A S McDonald
Image of plaque on tree S240 for Melville Smith
See Notes (1)
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
Image of Poppy
KIA
Image of headstone for Gordon
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Headstone for Thomas's uncle
& grandfather at
Maddingley Cemetery
Courtesy of Carol & George Judkins.

Melville was born at Ballan, VIC in 1894 to Melville Smith and Diana McDonald. Melville had a brother, Thomas (KIA) and a cousin(2), Gordon, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

Melville Mel was a grocer and gave his address as Nyah, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF on the 3rd of August 1915, aged 21½. He was allocated to the 12th Reinforcements, 8th Battalion in November and embarked aboard the HMAT A40 Ceramic later that month, disembarking in Egypt some time later.

Melville spent two months in the 4th Auxiliary Hospital suffering from mumps before embarking from Alexandria in late March 1916, disembarking at Marseilles, France in early April and joined his unit a month later. During the Battle of Pozieres Melville was killed in action.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh. He is also remembered at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Notes

  1. He is sometimes referred to as a Lance Corporal.
  2. They are all grandsons of Tom Smith of pentland Hills.
    - The Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Jul 1915

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Last updated by lee, Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:22:22