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SMITH, Colin Macpherson

poppy-20px(Liet) Colin Macpherson Smith

Lieutenant Colin Macpherson Smith born in Semaphore, South Australia was a Bank Clerk enlisted 7/12/1915 and joined the 10th Battalion, 8th ReinforcementUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915 Liet Colin Smith died of wounds at Passchendaele, Belgium on 6 October 1917 he was the brother of the aviators Ross and Keith Smith.

Place of birth Semaphore, South Australia
Other Names Smith, Caleb Medcraft
School St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia
Religion Church of England
Occupation Bank clerk
Address Mutooroo Station, Cockburn, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 20
Next of kin Father, Andrew Smith, Asiemore, Stephen Terrace, Gilberton Street, South Australia
Previous military service Served in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date 7/12/1915
Rank on enlistment 2nd Lieutenant
Unit name 10th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll 10th Battalion
Fate Died of wounds 6 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) *Second entry both matched
Place of death or wounding Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death 22
Age at death from cemetery records 22
Place of burial Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXV, Row C, Grave No. 1), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records
Parents: Andrew and Jessie SMITH, "Aviemane", Stephen Terrace, Gilberton, South Australia.Commemorated in North Road Church of England Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Family/military connections Brother to Lt Sgt Keith Macpherson Smith and Capt Sir Ross Macpherson Smith.

10th, 12th and 16th Battalions Officers


ID number     P01153.001
Collection     Photograph
Object type     Black & white
Date made     August 1915
Physical description     Black & white


Group portrait of officers and non-commissioned officers of 8th Reinforcements of the 10th, 12th and 16th Battalions, at Mitcham camp (later Colonel Light Gardens), Adelaide, South Australia. Identified from left to right:


back row: 2568 Corporal (Cpl) Leslie Gordon Shannon from Bagot's Well, South Australia (later Lieutenant (Lt) and awarded DCM); 2709 Pte Leslie George William Caust from Somerton, South Australia (later Lt); 2567 Cpl Alan Kenmore Brooker, from Kent Town, South Australia; Cpl Mac...(unidentified), 2608 Cpl Roy Reginald Foulkes from Gilles Plains, South Australia (later Sergeant); and 2631 Cpl Douglas Bertram Bert Crisp from Rosewater, South Australia.


Second row from back: 2606 Sergeant (Sgt) James Finlay from Hyde Park, South Australia; 2559 Sgt David Jesse Henry Millard from Port Pirie South Australia; 2603 Cpl George Evans from Stepney, South Australia; 914 Sgt Leonard Charles Gardner from Murray Bridge, South Australia (later Company Quartermaster Sergeant); 2593 Sgt James Eric Mayne from North Adelaide (later Company Sergeant Major); and 2664 Sgt Samuel (Sammy) Aynsworth Osborne from Prospect South Australia (later awarded the Military Medal).


Third row: 2558 Cpl William Roland (Bill) Brooker, from Kent Town; 2592 Cpl Ernest George Hodge from Alberton South Australia (later Lt); 2602 Sgt Maurice Leonard (Len) Gurr from North Kensington, South Australia (killed in action in France between 6-10 April 1917); 2600 Lance Corporall Libby Sibly (Lib) Waye from Willunga, South Australia; unknown, unknown, and 2632 Sgt Hugh Gordon Garland from Alberton, South Australia (later Lt and awarded DCM and MM and killed in action in France on 3 May 1918);


Front row: Lt Stewart; Lt Herman Fritz Hubbe from Knightsbridge, South Australia (later Captain and killed in action in France on 23 July 1916); Lt James (Jim) Churchill Smith from Prospect, South Australia (later Major and awarded MC and bar and MID); Lt Colin Macpherson Smith from Cockburn, South Australia (died of wounds at Passchendaele, Belgium on 6 October 1917 (brother of the aviators Ross and Keith Smith); Lt. Virgil Tucker from Ballarat, Victoria (later Captain and killed in action at Bullecourt, France on 11 April 1917).


Semaphore and Port Adelaide Sub-Branch Connection

Semaphore Returned Soldiers' Social

Members of the Semaphore and Port Adelaide sub-branch of the R.S.L. held their thirteenth annual social in the Memorial Hall, Semaphore, last night. The president (Mr. C. E. Sage) unveiled a plaque of a tablet that had been placed in Westminster Abbey by the War Graves Commission to perpetuate the memory 'of a Million Dead.'


The plaque was dedicated by the Rev. Edgar Arnold, who also proposed the toast of -Departed Comrades. Mr. L. Craigie proposed the toast of the R.S.L. and Mr. George King responded.


The Mayor of Port Adelaide (Mr. H. W. Bray) responded to the toast of -The Port Adelaide City Council which was proposed by the secretary of the sub-branch (Mr. F. Barnes). Items were given by Messrs. A. W. Minney, Ralph Powlson. Prank' Lorraine, C. Bennetts, and G. Cooper.


The president of the 10th Battalion A I.F. Club (Mr. G. C. Campbell) added to the branch a bugle which was originally presented to the late Lieutenant C. Smith by the Semaphore Women's Cheer-up Society. Lieutenant Colin Smith was killed at the war was a brother of Sir Keith Smith and the late Sir Ross Smith.


A cup won by the rifle shooting them was presented to the Sub-Branch


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