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(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|
|Address||Mutooroo Station, Cockburn, South Australia|
|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.|
|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
|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
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
The Advertiser Wednesday 5 August 1936