George Alfred Offley Smart
Serial No. 3519
Camel Corps & Light Horse Regiment
George Alfred Offley Smart - Information
George was the oldest child of George Ernest and Sarah Caroline Smart. He was born in Burragorang on the 21st of November 1893. He was raised in the area with his seven siblings on the family farm in Upper Burragorang. George completed his training and started working as a school teacher in Picton. However, his peaceful life would be interrupted by the war. In 1915, his cousin, Frederick Smart, joined up and left for war. George then decided to do his bit, signing up on the 21st of May 1917 in Sydney, aged 23. He commenced his training at the Royal Showground, and then in Menangle, becoming a Trooper with the Camel Corps. He was then shipped out on the SS Canberra, which departed Sydney on the 16th of November 1917.
George disembarked in Suez just before Christmas. However, a few weeks later, he was admitted to hospital with the mumps. He returned to duty in early February, and was taken on strength to the 4th Company, Imperial Camel Corps. George helped conduct patrols into the Jordan Valley chasing Turkish troops. However, his service was plagued by ill health. In March, May and June, George was in and out of hospital with malaria. On the 1st of July, he was transferred to Light Horse Details. However, in September, he was back in hospital, and started exhibiting malaria symptoms again in November. He was still in hospital when the war ended. He was then invalided home with debility on the 26th of January 1919, sailing onboard the HT Demosthenes. George reunited with his family in Picton. In 1922, he married his sweetheart Ruby Hope Keech in Lithgow. However, his war experience had significantly shortened his life, passing away on the 7th of November 1929 in Glen Innes.