Smith, Sergeant Vincent MSM (684)

Australian Flying Corps

Vincent Smith came from Melbourne, and was a Joiner, aged 27, when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 1 February 1916. After training at Laverton, he left Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. He attended training courses in England before going to France with No 69 (Australian) Sqn on 24 August 1917, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal “for gallantry in the performance of military duty” in the same month. Apart from short periods of illness, he remained with the squadron until the end of the War. In October 1919 he returned to Australia on Hospital Transport Raranga, and was discharged from the AIF on 26 January 1920.

He died at No 11 Australian General Hospital at Caulfield on 18 March 1920 from injuries resulting from his being struck by the propeller of an aeroplane during the War.

Sgt V Smith is buried in Grave RC J 81 (GRM/3*) at Brighton General Cemetery.

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