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SMITH George Frederick

Service: Army
Service number: VX185
Locality on Enlistment: Colac
Duration of Service: 6 Nov 1939 – 14 Dec 1945
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Date and Place of Birth: 20 Apr 1905 Nhill, Victoria
Parents: Frederick SMITH and Jane THOMPSON
Spouse: Dorothy Isabel McINTOSH (1) Ellice May MATTHEWS (2)
Occupation: Bank Official
Date and Place of Death: 23 Jan 1995 Heidleberg, Victoria
Place of Burial: Fawkner Memorial Park

Lieutenant Colonel G F Smith with Major H B S Gullett


For distinguished service during the Salamaua – Lae, Papua New Guinea campaign Aug-Sep 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Smith was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Colac’s George Smith, who was a Bank official prior to the war, gained the award for using splendid organisational ability in disposing Wampit Force in a mission which was highly successful and had greatly facilitated the landing of paratroops at Nadzab.