Biography

Birth date: 29 May 1878
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 12 Battalion
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Hobart

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

H15842

Informal portrait of three officers of the 12th Battalion. From left: Major (Maj) Herbert Angus McPherson; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Ernest Hilmer Smith; Maj John Askin Foster. Maj McPherson, an area officer from Hobart, Tas, Lt Col Hilmer Smith, a bank Superintendant from Sandy Bay, Tas and Maj...

H15842

H15844

Group portrait of officers and non commissioned officers of B Company, 12th Battalion, AIF. Identified, left to right: back row, Corporals (Cpls) 183 Harry Webber, (?181 Frank Valentine) Allison, Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) 264 Percival Dixon Nicholas (later Captain killed in action 25 July 1916), Cpls...

H15844

A03886

The first parade in uniform of the 12th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade at Pontville in Tasmania. Colonel (Col) Clarke DSO VD, Commanding Officer; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) S Hawley, second in charge; Lieutenant (Lt) J Northcott, Adjutant; Captain (Capt) Elliott, Capt Hilmer Smith, Capt Lane...

A03886

A03887

Group portrait of Officers of the 12th Battalion at Pontville, Tasmania. Identified left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) J A Foster; Lt MacPherson; Lt Rafferty; unidentified; Lt N D Fethers. Middle row: The names of twelve men have been supplied for this row but only 10 men in photograph. Lt...

A03887

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1878-05-29
Date promoted 1914-08-24 Appointed captain.
Other units 1914-08-24 12 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915
Date promoted 1915-01-01 Appointed major.
Other units 1915-05-01 Appointed Temporary Commanding Officer, 12 Battalion.
Date promoted 1915-08-01 Appointed temporary lieutenant colonel.
Date of honour or award 1915-11-08 Companion of the Order of the Bath.
Date returned to Australia 1916-01-22
Date promoted 1916-10-16 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1916-10-16 Appointed Temporary Commanding Officer, 11 Battalion.
Other units 1916-11-08 Taken on strength, 11 Battalion.
Other units 1917-03-26 Seconded to command the 1st Australian Division School.
Other units 1917-05-16 Seconded to command No 1a Group AIF Depots in the UK.
Other units 1917-11-07 Commanding Officer 1 Training Brigade.