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William John Smail

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NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions

NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Smail AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 32240 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 May 1882 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Thomas Smail (brother), 4 Garlies Road, Forrest Hill, London, England AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Ypres AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 32240 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Sling Camp, England AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 25 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Smail was sent to France in the beginning of March 1917

    "On 3 June, four days before the British attack on Messines the 2 Brigade was relieved on the line near Ypres and they marched back to Canteen Corner, a short distance east of the intersection of the Bailleul-Armentieres and Nueve Eglise-Steenwerck roads. This location was the bivouac area for the whole of the 2 Brigade, and on this day Smail joined the 1 Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, 2 Company. That night the enemy shelled the bivouac area with long range high velocity guns. Although the shooting was accurate and destroyed a cookhouse, there were no casualties." (Church, p.167)

    On the 12 October 1918, during the third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), Snail received gunshot wounds to his right foot and spent his final months in a number of hospitals. His final stay was at No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst. (Church, p.167) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 3, Grave 15 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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