Walter Herbert SMITH

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Walter Herbert SMITH

Private Walter Smith
42nd Battalion, The Australian Imperial Force

Born in Grantham, Queensland, Walter was working as a labourer when he joined the 42nd Battalion in January 1916, leaving for France a few months later. The privations of the trenches took their toll on Walter and he was admitted to hospital with pleurisy and flu in 1917. He was wounded in April 1918, but remained on duty. Unfortunately, he suffered serious bullet wounds in July 1918 and was evacuated to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton where, as a consequence of his injuries, he had to have his left leg amputated. He was then transferred to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Southall, where he contributed to the embroidery of the altar frontal.

Walter was well enough to return to Australia in March 1919 and married Harriet, the young English nurse who had cared for him in hospital, on New Year’s Day 1920. Walter and Harriet spent many happy years as a family with their children in Queensland.

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