The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Smith
First Name:
Raymond Matthew
Nick Name:
Ray or Bluey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7904
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
DOB:
2.02.1906
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Matthew Dunlop Smith
Mothers's Name:
Gertrude Josephine Smith
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Mines Clerk
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row D, Grave 15, Age 26.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Cause of Death:
Dysentery and Toxemia
Place of Death:
A. G. H. Roberts Barracks Changi
Date of Death:
19.04.1942
Buried:
Grave No. 26, A.l.F. Cemetery, Changi

General Description

Blue enlisted AIF Aug 1940 later joining 2/4th and HQ Company No. 3 Platoon.

 

Smith was admitted to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with an infected cyst on 1.2.1942. He was operated on the same day and discharged to unit on 13.2.1942. He was admitted to  Australian General Hospital again on 9.4.1942, but died ten days later. Soldier was buried at 1000 hours on 20.4.1942, the funeral service being conducted by Chaplain F. X. Corry from 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion.

 

R.M. Smith WX7904 19 April 1942
R.M. Smith WX7904 19 April 1942

 

Smith R M

Smith Raymond M

 

 

 

Bluey was a Collie boy enlisting the same day as Tom Davidson, Harry Fuhrmann, Jack Isaac, Tom Finlay, ‘Toona’ Simmonds and ‘Bluey’ Quinn.

 

Bluey’s name is forever remembered on the WW2 War Memorial, Collie.

 

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Blue’s parents Matthew Dunlop Smith and Gertrude Josephine McGuiness married Perth 1905.  They had a large family living in Collie where Matthew was a railway guard.

In 1915 their third son Cyril James tragically died at the age of 5 years.

 

The Smith’s learnt their son Harold William, who was married and brother to Blue, enlisted with RAAF had died Oct 1943.

 

 

Matthew Smith died at Collie 1946 and his wife Gertrude died 1963.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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