Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
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Private Gordon Thomas Smith

Service No.:
1245
Unit:
29th Battalion
Tree No.:
N243
Planted by:
Miss Belle Smith (Sister)
Image of plaque on tree N243 for Gordon 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 headstone for Gordon
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Headstone for Gordon's father
& grandfather at
Maddingley Cemetery
Courtesy of Carol & George Judkins.

Gordon was born in 1893 to Abraham Smith(3) and Isabel McDonald. Gordon had two cousins(2), Thomas and Melville, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

Image of Poppy
KIA

Gordon was a labourer and gave his address as Buxton, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF on the 6th of July 1915, aged 22½. He was allocated to the 29th Battalion, D Company in September and embarked aboard the HMAT A11 Ascanius in November, disembarking at Suez, Egypt in December.

He embarked from Alexandria, Egypt in June 1916 and disembarked at Marseilles, France a week later. During the Battle of Fromelles, on the 19th of July, Gordon was killed in action. His identification disc was forwarded by the German Authorities in 1917.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918.

Gordon was also remembered at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, France, however in 2009, 250 bodies were recovered from a mass grave at Pheasant Wood, France and in 2014 Gordon was identified as one of the bodies using DNA technology and his remains are now buried at Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery(4), Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. It is unclear if he is still remembered at VC Corner.

Notes

  1. Service No. should be 1245.
  2. They are all grandsons of Tom Smith of Pentland Hills.
    - The Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Jul 1915
  3. Abraham Smith was born at Pentland Hills, near Bacchus Marsh.
  4. Wikipedia

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Last updated by lee, Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:21:26