Walter Manley Smith

Name   Walter Manley Smith

Number    Corporal 1757

Battalion      58th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Colac

Next of Kin   His friend, Miss Annie Colegate of Meeniyan and later P O Scotswood, P O Kernot and P O Clyde South Gippsland

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 21/2/1916

Physical details on enlistment   Age 22 years and 7 months. 5’ 9”, 10 stone, blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Roman Catholic

Occupation   Labourer

Date and place of death

He died of wounds to the abdomen, hand and thigh at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station on 30/9/1918

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried at Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He seems to have lived and had connections to the Colegate family in the South Gippsland area. 

Military History

  • He is on Meeniyan Honour Roll
  • 4/4/16 Embarked Melbourne on the HMAT Euripides
  • 8/5/16 Disembarked Alexandria
  • 13/6/16 Embarked Alexandria
  • 23/6/16 Disembarked Plymouth
  • 1/9/16 he went to France
  • 21/9/16 He transferred to the 58th Battalion
  • 23/9/16 He joined his unit
  • 12/4/17 He was in hospital sick with scabies and impetigo
  • 5/5/17 He joined battalion
  • 10/5/17 He was shot in the neck
  • He was in hospital in Chatham in 1917 after being hit with gunshot in the neck in May. He went via St Denis and Boulogne to England
  • 15/11/17 He went back to France
  • 15/9/18 He becomes Corporal
  • 30/9/18 He died of wounds at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station. He had gun shot wounds to the abdomen, right hand and thigh
  • 1/10/18 He was buried at Doingt Extension Cemetery by Rev Fleming
  • 22/8/19 The army receive a letter from Richard Little Solicitor of Leongatha regarding the probate on the will of Walter Smith
  • He left 1 bay mare to Annie and Alice Jean Colgate, 1 bay filly foal to Herbert James Colgate. The remaining 2/3 to Annie Colgate and 1/3 to Alice Colgate
  • The executer was John Colgate of Clyde but now at Kernot who held the will
  • His effects were a woolen scarf and 1 pair of socks. There was a parcel of other items.
  • His father received the medals, plaque and scroll.

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