Charles Throsby Smith

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SMITH, Charles Throsby

Service no: 3715 [1]

Place of birth: Carcoar, 26 September 1887

Address: Mona, Dripstone

Occupation: Farmer and grazier

Next of kin: Mary Beatrice Smith (mother), Graceville, Lords Place, Orange, later c/- DV Life-Smith, Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Blayney

Date of enlistment: 6 August 1917

Place of enlistment: Orange

Age at enlistment: 29

Fate: Embarked HMAT A14 Euripides, Sydney, 31 October 1917. Appointed acting Lance Corporal 25 December 1917. Disembarked Devonport 26 December 1917. Marched in to 14th Training Battalion, Hurdcott, 27 December 1917. Rank reverted to Private 12 February 1918. Appointed acting Lance Corporal 13 February 1918. Rank reverted to Private 1 April 1918. Embarked Dover for France 1 April 1918. Marched in to No 1 Overflow Camp, Calais, and taken on strength 13th Battalion,1 April 1918. Transferred to 4th Traffic Control Detachment 21 April 1919. Embarked City of Exeter for return to Australia 12 July 1919. Returned to Australia 26 August 1919. Discharged from AIF 18 September 1919.

Date of death: 26 June 1952, Cremorne, aged 64

Charles Throsby Smith was born in Carcoar on 26 September 1887. He was named after his paternal grandfather, Charles Throsby [2], who was a pioneer of the Illawarra district.

Charles Smith was the first of four children born to stock inspector Philip Throsby Life Smith and his wife Mary Beatrice Sarah nee Martyn. The couple had married in Carcoar in 1886, and this was Philip’s second marriage. The marriage only lasted nine years; Mary was widowed in 1895.

Charles was working as a farmer and grazier near Dripstone when he enlisted in Orange on 6 August 1917. His youngest brother, Errol Bathurst Smith, enlisted the same day; the brothers were issued sequential service numbers: 3715 and 3716.

Upon enlistment Charles nominated his mother, Mary, as his next of kin. She was living at Graceville in Lords Place, Orange, at the time.

Charles and Errol embarked together from Sydney on 31 October 1917, arriving in Devonport on 26 December. They proceeded to the 14th Training Battalion at Hurdcott to undertake further training before proceeding to France on 1 April 1918.

Charles was appointed acting Lance Corporal in December 1917 for a period of three months. He continued to serve overseas following armistice. On 21 April 1919 he was transferred from the 56th Battalion to the 4th Traffic Control Detachment, and in July embarked for return to Australia.

Charles disembarked in Sydney on 26 August 1919, and was discharged from the AIF on 18 September.

On 13 April 1925 Charles married Florence Emily Glyde at St Chad's Church in Cremorne. The couple settled in Cremorne and had one daughter, Kathlyn. They remained in Cremorne for the remainder of their lives. Charles died suddenly on 26 June 1952, aged 64, and Florence on 20 March 1961.

Charles’ brother Errol Bathurst Smith did not survive the war; he died of wounds in France on 4 May 1918.

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