Private Roy Leslie Smith

Service number 1971
Birth Date 1899-10-27
Death Date 1916-12-14
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 59th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place France
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Roy Leslie Smith (1971, 59th Battalion) was born in Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW on 27 October 1899. He was working as a dairy hand when he enlisted in January 1916. Roy was killed in action at Needle Trench near Gueudecourt during a heavy enemy artillery barrage on 14 December 1916, only 2 weeks after joining his battalion. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. He was 17 years 2 months of age.



Date of birth 27 October 1899
Date of enlistment 31 January 1916
Date of embarkation 04 May 1916
Date of death 14 December 1916
Date of fate 14 December 1916