Hugh William Smith
Serial No. 5174
Hugh William Smith - Information
Hugh William Smith enlisted in the AIF in Liverpool on the 5th of January 1916, aged 21. Hugh was born in Campbelltown, and when he joined up was working as a labourer. During training, he was made a Private with the 13th Battalion, before embarking Sydney Harbour on the Star of Victoria on the 30th of March 1916.
Hugh arrived in England and was marched out to the 14th Training Battalion. He was then transported from Rollestone to the Western Front in late July. The following month, he joined the 13th Battalion as they were fighting the Germans at Pozières during the Somme Campaign. They then spent a miserable winter in the churned up battlefields of the Somme, which quickly became caked in mud and snow. After a stint in hospital with VD in January 1917, Hugh rejoined his unit after the Germans had withdrawn to the Hindenburg Line. They then suffered many casualties attacking this new line at Bullecourt. Hugh was then appointed Lance Corporal in mid July. While engaged in combat during the Third Battle of Ypres, Hugh reported to hospital in October again with VD. Shortly after he returned to his unit, Hugh was promoted to Corporal in mid February 1918. The following month, intense fighting erupted with the German Spring Offensive. The Australian Corps was kept busy fending off the German advance and slowly moving forward. However in late July, Hugh returned to hospital with gonorrhoea. Returning to action in early September, Hugh helped his unit storm the Hindenburg Line and achieve victory. He remained with his unit until he was sent home on the Commonwealth in April 1919.