Robert Smith was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Railway employee when he enlisted with the 23rd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement on 6 February 1917 at the age of 30. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917. On 27 July 1918 he was wounded in action in France, suffering a gas attack and was admitted to the 2nd Stationary hospital at Pont Remy, re-joining his unit on 7 September 1918. He returned home to Australia on 2 August 1919.
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