Lieutenant Colonel George Frederick Smith

Service number VX185
Birth Date 20 April 1905
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Nhill
Death Date 23 January 1995
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Army
Units
Place Nhill
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1944-04-27
Published in London Gazette in 1945-03-08
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1944-04-27
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1945-03-15

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    08 March 1945 on page 1305 at position 43
    Commonwealth Gazette
    15 March 1945 on page 650 at position 98
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    24th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    27 April 1944 on page 1927 at position 3
    Commonwealth Gazette
    27 April 1944 on page 893 at position 38
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945

Timeline

Date of birth 20 April 1905 Nhill VIC
Date of birth 20 April 1905
Date commissioned 05 September 1930
Interwar Service 1 05 September 1930 lieutenant 23/21 battalion
Interwar Service 2 13 July 1936 captain
Interwar Service 3 06 March 1939 brigade machine gun officer 6 Brigade
Career summary 1 13 October 1939 seconded as captain to 2/6th battalion from 6th Brigade
Career summary 3 13 October 1939 major 2/6th battalion 4 Jan 1940 (bd
Career summary 2 06 November 1939 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 18 May 1940 arrived Middle East
Career summary 5 1940-07-22 - 1940-08-26 Middle East Tactical School (senior O
Career summary 6 24 November 1940 Hygine Cse 16
Career summary 9 1941-09-24 - 1941-10-01 AIFMiddle East School Military
Career summary 10 1941-11-18 - 1943-03-08 seconded commanding officer 17 Australian infantry training battalion
Career summary 11 23 May 1942 Returned to Australia (4MD)
Career summary 12 08 March 1943 returned to unit 2/6th battalion
Career summary 13 30 March 1943 arrived Moresby
Career summary 16 09 July 1943 lieutenant colonel 6 Mar 44 (bd
Appointment 1943-07-09 - 1944-10-20 Battalion: 24th; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: 2/6th battalion (formerly secd commanding officer 17 Australian infantry training battalion ); Reason for end of appointment: deemed medically unfit for duty: knee injury
Career summary 14 1943-07-09 - 1944-10-20 temporary lieutenantCOL, commanding officer 24 battalion
Citations 1 1943-09 For distinguished service during the SALAMAUA LAE campaign Aug-
Career summary 17 12 April 1944 arrived Moresby
Career summary 18 10 August 1944 Returned to Australia (T'Ville) ex Madang
Career summary 20 03 November 1944 appointed commanding officer 2 AIF Reception Camp United Kingdom
Career summary 21 22 December 1944 arrived United Kingdom
Career summary 22 13 February 1945 REC'D Companion of the Distinguished Service Order at Buckingham Palace
Career summary 23 12 March 1945 appointed commanding officer 1 AIF Reception Camp United Kingdom
Career summary 24 08 August 1945 Returned to Australia (Sydney)
Career summary 25 15 December 1945 Reserve of Officers
Date of death 23 January 1995
Date of death 23 January 1995
Career summary 7 c 1941-04-10 arrived Greece
Career summary 8 c 1941-05-30 arrived Middle East from Greece
Career summary 15 Land Headquarters Tactical School (senior Offr) Feb-Mar 44 (inc Returned to Australia 19 Feb)
Career summary 19 relinquished command 24th battalion 20 Oct 44 (as a result of knee injury according to obit although no record of injury in record of service)
Citations 2 Lt-Col SMITH CO 24 Aust Inf Bn, was appointed to commannd WAMPIT FORCE consisting of that Bn (less D Coy) and attached troops, such force being directly under command of NEW GUINEA FORCE, and subsequenlty I AUST CORPS with the main role of preventing enemy penetration into the WAU BULOLO valley from northerly and easterly directions.
Citations 3 On 26 Aug, 43, WAMPIT FORCE was given furtherr tasks of containing approx 150 enemy in the the MARKHAM PT area and preventing any enemy withdrawing from SALAMAUA from joining up with the enemy at MARKHAM PT so that the successful landing of our paratroops at NADZAB would not be prejudiced by the arrival of additional enemy troops in that area.
Citations 4 By the splendid organisational ability of Lt-Col SMITH and the manner in which he disposed his forces this mission was highly successful and greatly facilitated the movement of our forces from NADZAB to LAE.
Citations 5 Throughout the operation it was evident that WAMPIT FORCE by the successful results being obtained, was being directed by a leader of exceptional ability.
Citations 6 His aggressive spirit and drive undoubtedly inspired the troops under his command throughout the whole operation, and gave the enemy no chance of wresting the initiative from our troops. The clear presentation of the sitauation and the information gained by his OPs and offensive patrols was of considerable assistance to 7 and 9 Aust Divs in the execution of their tasks.'
Citations 7 -D.N.16/44
Citations 8 CAG 81/44
WW2 Service 2 Bardia-Benghazi
WW2 Service 3 New Guinea