George Phillip Smith

George Phillip Smith

George Phillip SmithWhen George Smith enlisted in September 1915, he had just turned 18. He had been working on Ellenthorpe as a farm labourer, alongside his father Phillip, a wool classer.

George served with the 2nd Pioneers, arriving in France in December 1916. He was wounded in April 1917, with a gunshot wound to the right hand. In December, was promoted to Gunner, then in September 1918, he was again wounded, this time with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. Four weeks later he rejoined his unit. George returned to Australia in 1919.

George married Elvie Snooks in 1926. They had two children and they spent most of their married life in Ross. George died in 1979 and is buried at Ross.

George’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.

http://www.taswoolcentre.com.au/blog/new-exhibition-at-the-tasmanian-wool-centre-museum