Roy Cameron-Smith

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Roy Cameron-Smith
Personal Information
Date of Birth 27 Jun 1898
Place of Birth Kandy, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Death 6 Feb 1957
Place of Death Margaret River, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 43 years, 10 months
Description 5'8½" (1.73m) tall ; 134lbs
60.781 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Grazier
Religion Presbyterian
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Maud Cameron-Smith
Military Information
Reg Number W62202
Date of Enlistment 16 Apr 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre WW 1

Roy, aged 3 and his 5 year old brother Colin arrived in Fremantle with their mother from Colombo, Ceylon aboard the SS Oroyo on 2 May 1901.

World War 1

Roy had enlisted as an 18 year old on 22 Jul 1915, and trained with the 9th Reinforcements for the 16th Battalion. Roy joined the 16th Battalion on 8 Jan 1916 at Ishmalia in Egypt, but from 14 Jan until 5 Mar 1916 he required treatment in hospital for mumps. He travelled with them to France, leaving Alexandria on 1 Jun 1916, and arriving in Marseilles and disembarking on the 9th. Roy was wounded in action (shell shock) on 12 Aug 1916 at Mouquet Farm. The damage must have been slight, as he rejoined his unit three days later on 15 Aug 1916.

On 3 Nov 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Division's Ammunition Column, remustered as a Driver, and following another brief spell receiving medical attention for Trench Feet he was posted to the 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade's Ammunition Column. Other than one more short period receiving medical attention in 1917 for Diarrhea, he served until he boarded the SS Kaiser-i-hind on 6 May 1919, for Australia, reached on 9 Jun 1919, and his discharge which took place on 1 Aug 1919.

Pre WW 2

During 1924 Roy married Maud (Christine) Palmer (1896 - 1975). Christine died 26 Mar 1975 in Margaret River.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1931 at "Craigendarroch", Kulikup, farmer;

War Service

Roy enlisted with the Volunteer Defence Corps on 22 Mar 1942 in Armadale where he was taken on strength by 'D' Company of the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion. On 1 Jul 1942 he was appointed Lance Corporal, and on 1 Aug 1942 he was promoted Corporal. However, on 24 Apr 1943 he reverted to the ranks and on 6 Nov 1943 his Army N\umber was changed to W62202. Roy was discharged on 18 Jan 1945 after 2 years and 303 days service.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at 2 Chancellor street, Claremont, wool classer


Description is as given when enlisting for WW1. Check spelling of surname - potential error in AA transcription, Surname is Cameron-Smith

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