People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Sydney O'Carroll Smith (1891–1916)

Sydney O ’Carroll Smith, c 1915 by unknown photographer

Sydney O ’Carroll Smith, c 1915 by unknown photographer

from Bank of NSW Roll of Honour

SYDNEY O’CARROLL SMITH was born on 18th December, 1891, at Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of Mr. Henry and Mrs. Mary Eleanor Smith, and received his education at Wellington College, New Zealand. He joined the Bank’s service at Masterton, New Zealand, on 8th April, 1909; and was transferred to Brisbane on 19th June, 1911; to Townsville, Queensland, on 24th July, 1913; and to Cloncurry, as teller, on 24th June, 1914.

Sydney O’Carroll Smith enlisted at Townsville on 20th August, 1914, with the 45th (Queensland) Battalion, and embarked with the first Australian Expeditionary Force. He was present at the Gallipoli Landing, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of sergeant. In August, 1915, he was sent to England suffering from enteric fever, and was transferred to the 9th Battalion London Rifle Brigade in December, 1915, receiving a commission as second-lieutenant.

He left for France on 10th May, 1916, took part in the Somme battle, and on 24th August, at Delville Wood, he received wounds in the side from which he succumbed on the following day. He was buried at Dernancourt, near Albert. The letters received by his family afterwards showed that his cheery good nature and fine soldierly qualities were much appreciated in the regiment.

Citation details

'Smith, Sydney O'Carroll (1891–1916)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/smith-sydney-ocarroll-24358/text33103, accessed 20 June 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Sydney O ’Carroll Smith, c 1915 by unknown photographer

Sydney O ’Carroll Smith, c 1915 by unknown photographer

from Bank of NSW Roll of Honour

Life Summary [details]

Birth

18 December, 1891
Christchurch, New Zealand

Death

25 August, 1916 (aged 24)
Delville Wood, France

Cause of Death

war wounds

Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Occupation
Military Service
Workplaces