19 June 1915 : Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith

Born at Wilton, New South Wales in March 1879

Reginald Smith saw previous service as a Lieutenant in the NSW Mounted Rifles during the Boer War.

The NSWMR waiting for orders

On returning to Australia, he was employed as a labourer until he enlisted into the Light Horse in Sydney on 26 August 1914.

The NSWMR waiting for orders 1914-11 HMT Star of Victoria (Hull Number A16 At Sea in the First World War Troopship convoy to leave Australia bound for the Middle East. P00369.007

Already promoted to Sergeant, Reginald left Sydney on the 'Star of Victoria' on 20 October 1914 bound for Egypt, thence to Gallipoli.

View looking towards the 17th British General Hospital. In the foreground is the 69th British General Hospital nursing sisters' quarters at Alexandria. Australian War Memorial H00762

Reginald received a gunshot wound to the head resulting in a fractured skull in mid-May 1915 and died of this injury at the 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt on 19 June 1915.

Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt


He is buried in the Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

470 Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith, 1st Australian Light Horse.

19 June 1915

 Research by David O'Mara

Further sources: 

Australian War Memorial > https://www.awm.gov.au/