Biography

Birth date: 20 April 1905
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Nhill
Death date: 23 January 1995
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX185 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Brigade

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Private Record (2)

Smith, George Frederick DSO ED, (Major, later Lieutenant Colonel, b: 1905 d: 1995) 3DRL/1006

Smith, George Frederick DSO ED, (Lieutenant Colonel, b: 1905) PR85/223

Private Record

Smith, George Frederick DSO ED, (Major, later Lieutenant Colonel, b: 1905 d: 1995)

A diary covering the period December 1939 - December 1940, with detailed regular entries covering both training and service in the Middle East. Also includes correspondence from the families of soldiers killed in Greece to whom Smith had written letters of condolance, as well as Smith's service...

3DRL/1006

Smith, George Frederick DSO ED, (Lieutenant Colonel, b: 1905)

Extensive reminiscences regarding 2/6 Bn, including the formation of the battalion, early training, campaigns in Greece, Crete and Syria. The reminiscences cover the period 1939-1941 and mention Horace Robertson ('Red Robbie'). The collection also includes 48 photographs.

PR85/223

Photograph

074915

Personnel of No 28 Battery, 2/14th Field Regiment. Identified personnel are: (back row, left to right) SX9139 Gunner (Gnr) G F Smith, VX63107 Gnr L J Brooks, VX32878 Gnr J F Rossack, VX58674 Gnr A Cowlishaw; (front row, left to right) SX11804 Gnr B A Kerber, SX13423 Gnr S B Shegog, SX11316 Gnr G G...

074915

074525

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-07. VX57 MAJOR A.K. CARROLL, SECOND IN CHARGE (1) AND VX185 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER, 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (2) DISCUSSING CAMP ORGANISATION NEAR THE OFFICE.

074525

074524

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-07. OFFICERS OF THE 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION LISTENING TO A LECTURE BY THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER IN A CLEARING NEAR THEIR CAMP. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX104152 LIEUTENANT A.W.C. BUNSELL (1); VX111284 CHAPLAIN J.C. ENGLISH (2); VX113767 LIEUTENANT A.H. BROADHEAD (3);...

074524

074483

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-03. OFFICERS OF THE 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX51657 LIEUTENANT W.E. SMITH (1); VX104159 LIEUTENANT J.A. IRVING (2); VX111284 CHAPLAIN J.C. ENGLISH (3) NX107369 CAPTAIN F.L.R. SHARP (4); VX104151 LIEUTENANT A.W.C. BUNSELL (5); VX57 MAJOR K.A....

074483

074454

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-03. TROOPS OF C COMPANY, 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION GIVE "EYES RIGHT" FOR THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER, VX185, LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DSO (1) AS THEY MARCH ALONG THE ROAD AFTER THE MORNING PARADE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX57 MAJOR K.A. CARROLL (2); VX104159...

074454

074523

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-04. OFFICERS OF THE 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX104151 LIEUTENANT A.W.C. BUNSELL, ADJUTANT (1); VX57 MAJOR A.K. CARROLL, SECOND IN CHARGE (2); VX185 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL D.F. SMITH, DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER (3); VX104147 CAPTAIN R.S. ISHERWOOD...

074523

074435

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-01. A JOIN-UP PHOTOGRAPH OF A MORNING PARADE OF THE 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. TO JOIN TO PHOTOGRAPHS NO. 74436 AND 74437. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX57 MAJOR K.A. CARROLL (1); VX104160 LIEUTENANT E.R. ROBINSON, MC, (2); VX185 LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DSO, (3).

074435

074438

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-01. A JOIN-UP PHOTOGRAPH OF A MORNING PARADE OF THE 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. TO JOIN TO PHOTOGRAPHS NO. 74439, 74440 AND 74441. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX185 LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DSO, (1); SX25946 LIEUTENANT B. MARTIN (2); VX104147 CAPTAIN R.S. ISHERWOOD...

074438

074526

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-07. VX185 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER, 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

074526

074482

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-03. PERSONNEL OF BATTALION HEADQUARTERS, HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LANCE CORPORAL A. MATTERS (1); LANCE CORPORAL L. ALLEN (2); PRIVATE SIMMONS (3); LANCE CORPORAL J. PHILCOCK (4); SERGEANT C. SCOTT (5); CORPORAL D.C. FISK...

074482

074456

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-03. TROOPS OF HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 24TH INFANTRY BATTALION GIVE "EYES RIGHT" TO THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER, VX185 LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.F. SMITH, DOS, (1) AS THEY MARCH ALONG THE ROAD AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MORNING PARADE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX57 MAJOR K.A....

074456

088414

Lieutenant Colonel G. F. Smith, DSO, (1), with Major Henry Baynton Somer ‘Jo’ Gullett, MC, (2), attending the Investiture of Medals at Buckingham Palace

088414

073861

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-15. SENIOR OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS 15TH INFANTRY BRIGADE ENJOYING A GAME WITH SQUASH RACQUETS AT SIAR PLANTATION. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX24325 BRIGADIER H. H. HAMMER DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER, 15TH INFANTRY BRIGADE; VX108232 LIEUTENANT COLONEL R. R. MARSTON DSO, ED, COMMANDING...

073861

073858

Madang, New Guinea. 1944-06-14. Senior Officers at Headquarters 15th Infantry Brigade outside a building at Siar Plantation. Left to right: VX186 Lieutenant Colonel G. R. Warfe MC, Commanding Officer 58/59th Infantry Battalion; VX220 Lieutenant Colonel William D. Refshauge OBE, Commanding Officer,...

073858

Timeline

Date of birth 1905-04-20 Nhill VIC
Date of birth 1905-04-20
Date commissioned 1930-09-05
Interwar Service 1 1930-09-05 lieutenant 23/21 battalion
Interwar Service 2 1936-07-13 captain
Interwar Service 3 1939-03-06 brigade machine gun officer 6 Brigade
Career summary 1 1939-10-13 seconded as captain to 2/6th battalion from 6th Brigade
Career summary 3 1939-10-13 major 2/6th battalion 4 Jan 1940 (bd
Career summary 2 1939-11-06 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 1940-05-18 arrived Middle East
Career summary 5 1940-07-22 - 1940-08-26 Middle East Tactical School (senior O
Career summary 6 1940-11-24 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 1942-05-23 Returned to Australia (4MD)
Career summary 12 1943-03-08 returned to unit 2/6th battalion
Career summary 13 1943-03-30 arrived Moresby
Career summary 16 1943-07-09 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 1944-04-12 arrived Moresby
Career summary 18 1944-08-10 Returned to Australia (T'Ville) ex Madang
Career summary 20 1944-11-03 appointed commanding officer 2 AIF Reception Camp United Kingdom
Career summary 21 1944-12-22 arrived United Kingdom
Career summary 22 1945-02-13 REC'D Companion of the Distinguished Service Order at Buckingham Palace
Career summary 23 1945-03-12 appointed commanding officer 1 AIF Reception Camp United Kingdom
Career summary 24 1945-08-08 Returned to Australia (Sydney)
Career summary 25 1945-12-15 Reserve of Officers
Date of death 1995-01-23
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