2377 Clarence Ronald SMITH

Date of enlistment 14th July 1915
Rank at enlistment Private
Company A Company
Significant events while with the AIF Hospitalised sick – five occasions

Court Martial – three occasions, with prison sentence

Summary of Private Smith’s WW1 service record, located in the National Archives of Australia. Full details are available online, NAA Series B2455

Date Location Event
11th October 1919 Australia Discharged
9th October 1919 Australia Disembarked
19th August 1919 England Embarked on HMAT Ajana. Unexpired portion of sentence remitted
18th August 1919 England Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks for return to Australia
3rd August 1919 England Transferred to Lewes Detention Barracks
29th May 1919 England Disembarked Folkestone from No.5 Military Prison France and transferred to Northampton Military Prison
20th March 1919 Belgium AWL from 17th to 23rd Jan, and from 28th Jan to 2nd Mar. Also improperly dressed wearing a cap and greatcoat of a Belgium soldier. District Court Marital – sentenced to 2 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour
30th December 1918

19th December 1918

18th December 1918

26th November 1918





Discharged from hospital to duty

Awarded 10 days FP #2 for being AWL from 18th – 20th December

Admitted to 7th A.F.A – scabies

Sentence suspended and re-joined Battalion

7th June 1918

3rd June 1918

2nd May 1918




Discharged and re-admitted to Military Prison

Admitted to L of C Hospital – sick

Discharged and re-admitted to Military Prison

9th April 1918 France To hospital – sick
30th March 1918 France Discharged and re-admitted to Military Prison
16th March 1918 France Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Le Havre – sick
20th November 1917 France Sentence commuted to 2 years
9th November 1917 France Committed to No.3 Military Prison to serve sentence
16th October 1917 Belgium Field General Court Martial. Charge of Desertion. Found guilty – sentence to 12 years Penal Servitude, commuted to 10 years
19th September 1917 Belgium Absent Without Leave to 29th September [service record states reported wounded but then not wounded]
9th August 1917 France Re-joined 22nd Battalion
23rd July 1917 England Proceeded overseas to France from 6th Training Battalion via Southampton
14th July 1917 England Absent without leave – award 144 hours detention and forfeiture of 8 days pay
26th April 1917 England District Court Martial. Was in confinement on a charge of being absent without leave. Escaped from confinement. Sentenced to 90 days detention (40 days remitted) and forfeiture of 68 days pay
28th January 1917 England Discharged to Draft Depot Perham Down
18th November 1916 England Transferred to Parkhouse
13th October 1916 England Admitted to Brigade Hospital, Bulford
14th August 1916 England Transferred to 2nd Division Details from Headquarters and Taken on Strength
2nd August 1916 Egypt Embarked Alexandria on HMT Franconia for England
4th May 1916 Egypt Attached to CT and GB Depot
30th December 1915 Egypt Discharged from hospital to Zeitoun
17th December 1915 Egypt Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital with diarrhoea
25th October 1915 Egypt Disembarked Alexandria
29th September 1915 Australia Departed Melbourne on RMS Osterley
3rd August 1915 Australia Assigned to 5th Reinforcements 22nd Battalion
19th July 1915 Australia Marched into Broadmeadows depot

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