Private Mathew Valentine Smith

Service number 3395
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Waterloo
Death Date 1918-04-04
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Mathew “Matty” Valentine Smith (3395, 34th Battalion) was born in Waterloo, NSW, in 1901. He was working as a driver when he enlisted in May 1917. Matty was killed in the front line near Villers-Bretonneux on the night of 4 April 1917 when a shell fell short and exploded in the trench his company was occupying. Matty is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. His mother wrote that he was 17 years of age.



Date of enlistment 17 May 1917
Date of embarkation 16 July 1917
Date of death 04 April 1918
Date of fate 04 April 1918