Private Peter Smith

Private Peter Smith, 51st Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was killed in action in France on 24th April 1918, aged 33, during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys. . He was the son of Thomas and Mary Smith and had been born at Bonchester Bridge. He had been farming near Albany in Wester Australia when he enlisted in December 1915. He had already been wounded in April 1917 and after treatment in Hospital in Brighton he re-joined his Battalion in France in September 1917.  He is buried in the Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He fell in the re-capture of the village by Australian Forces which finally ended German hopes of the capture of the important rail centre of Amiens. The photographs show Allied troops in defensive positions preparing to resist the German advances.

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