Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Peter SmithPeter Smith was 32 years old and working as a fencer in the Ross area when he enlisted in December 1914. His late father, William, owned the property on the corner of Portugal and Bond Streets in Ross, where his mother Eleanor and the family were living in 1914.

Peter took part in the Gallipoli landings and in early August, as part of the big August Offensive, he was involved in the attack on Hill 971. Peter was reported as missing in action. A court of enquiry was held in April 1916 and concluded that Peter had been killed. The information was cabled to his mother on the 5th May 1916. His place of burial was listed as unknown. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula.

His personal effects: a hair brush, shaving brush and comb, were returned to Eleanor, then about 75 years old, in September 1916.

Peter’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.