David Smith and Y3A Medium Trench Mortar Battery

In my research on the First World War names on the Dowerin War Memorial I have a David Smith who started in the 44th Battalion and went on to the Y3A Medium Trench Mortar Battery.  Unfortunately he has a record like so many men, "taken on strength" followed by "killed in action".  Most of them I can fill in with a bit of information about what was happening in the battalion at the time, but here I don't know much more than killed on 22 May 1917 and buried in Strand Military Cemetery in Ploegsteert Wood.  Does anyone know how the Medium Trench Mortar Batteries were deployed?  Would he have still been where the 44th Battalion were?

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Comment by Leslie Weatherall on October 27, 2015 at 14:37

Dear Ms Hatwell,

I have located the unit hierarchy from the Australian War Memorial's website - please see link below.


The unit diary should fall under class 13 Artillery - although does not look to be included in the list below.


I would suggest contacting the Australian War Memorial directly to gather further information.


Leslie (Archives staff)

Comment by Diane Hatwell on October 30, 2015 at 18:47

Thanks Leslie, yes I can't see it there, perhaps it was small or short lived.  i will contact the War Memorial and hopefully they will know something.




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