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Smith, Edward Kensett (1894–1918)

Edward Kensett Smith, c 1915 photographer unknown

Edward Kensett Smith, c 1915 photographer unknown, Australian War Memoria

DWARD KENSETT SMITH was born at Canadian Lead, New South Wales, on 7th May, 1894, the son of the late Mr. E. D. and of Mrs. M. S. A. Smith, and was educated at Canadian Lead Public School and Camden-Campbelltown Grammar School, Narellan. He joined the Bank’s service on 5th May, 1912, at Mudgee, and on 15th August, 1914, was transferred to the Inspector’s Staff, Head Office.

Edward Kensett Smith enlisted on 29th September, 1915, in the 13th Reinforcements of the 3rd Battalion, 1 st Division, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of lancecorporal. He was engaged on active service along the Western Front, mostly in the North of France. On 14th April, 1918, he formed one of a party of three volunteers for special duty, being sent out to locate a number of the enemy who were causing heavy casualties at Strazeele-sur-Meteren, near Hazebrouck. As they approached the hut where the enemy was in ambush they were fired upon and Edward Kensett Smith was killed, his comrades being badly wounded.

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