William Smith followed the example of his younger brother, Peter, and enlisted in January 1916. He was a 35 year old labourer and a veteran of the Boer War.
William served with the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, arriving in France in November 1916. In June 1917, he was involved in action in the Messines Offensive for which he was awarded the Military Medal.
He spent much of 1918 in hospital and was returned to Australia in November 1918 with chronic bronchitis, and the rank of Lance Corporal.
In 1936, William applied to live in the War Veterans Home in Launceston. He died in 1948 and is buried in Ross.
William’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.