Charlie SMITH #64382

Indigenous Australian, Charlie SMITH, 6th Queensland Reinforcements.

Charlie Smith was one of five stockmen to enlist from the Station, they included Bob Roberts, John Huggins, Patrick Brady and Bobby Ewan.  His parents William and Cissie signed the consent form approving his enlistment as Charlie was under 21 years of age.

Charlie joined the other recruits at Rifle Range camp, Enoggera just outside Brisbane. In August he was granted two weeks 'home leave' to visit his family at Bluff Downs Station and say farewell prior to embarking for overseas.

However when Charlie returned he was admitted to the camp hospital suffering from influenza and remained there for 18 days.

Trooper Smith embarked from Sydney in October 1918 with the other members of the 6th General Reinforcements on board the troopship 'Malta' bound for Egypt, together with other indigenous reinforcements - Albert Jones, Bob Roberts and Martin Blyth.

6th General Reinforcements, Queensland, Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, 1918

His name is recorded amongst others of the Australian Light Horse Regiments who didn't return home.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump

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