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John Kagiley Smart was born in Balaclava, VIC and was living in Ballarat as a Miner when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement on 2 August 1915 at the age of 35. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915 and sailed to Egypt where, in February 1916, he was transferred to the 58th Battalion. In March he was hospitalised for a week for treatment to his sore feet then in June he was moved to France. He came safely through the fighting at Fromelles but on February 4th 1917 he was wounded, suffering a mild shrapnel wound to his back. While on leave in England in August he became ill and spent an extended time in hospital. He was then returned to Australia on the Essex, disembarking at Melbourne on August 1st 1918. He was discharged on August 17th as æmedically unfit – emphysema'.
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