Edward Smith was born in the parish of Dublin near the town of Mitchell in Queensland. He was aged 30 years (b.1887) when he enlisted in the Army during World War One. Edward Smith was a single man who had his mother Annie Smith c/- R.B. Lethbridge Esq. from Forest Vale, Mitchell. Prior to enlisting Edward was a stock and station hand but like so many Aborigines during this time he joined in the hopes of a better pay and chance for adventure.
Edward enlisted on the 30th May 1917 at Mitchell Queensland, Shortly after enlistment Edward was a ppointed to the 20/11th Light Horse on 15th December 1917 at Rifle Range Camp, A.I.F. Enoggera.
Edwards report mentioned that his index finger on left hand is short, top having been cut off. Edward joined the 20/11th Light Horse Trooper between the 23-8-1917 and 17-9-1917. Then Edward went to the Compound Coy. at Lytton Camp Lytton until October then on the 19th December he left Sydney on the Ulysse$ to Egypt where he disembarked at Sues on the 16th January 1918. Then Edward left Egypt on the Morvada for Australia in April 1919 and was discharged as a private on the 22nd November 1919.
Image: "Edward Smith" (1917, August 11). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 27. Retrieved February 24, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2363415
Source: Nyungar tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of South-Western Australia 1829-1914 / Lois Tilbrook, Nedlands, W.A. : University of Western Australia Press, 1983, p. 142
Source: Nyungar tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of South-Western Australia 1829-1914 / Lois Tilbrook, Nedlands, W.A. : University of Western Australia Press, 1983, p. 158
Source: Australian Evangel 2(7) Dec 1933 : 8
Information provided by the National Australian Archives online WW1 records.
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