Douglas Francis Mottley Smith

Male 1919 - 1940  (21 years)


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  • Name Douglas Francis Mottley Smith  [1
    Born 6 Mar 1919  Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    War Service 19 Mar 1940  Murrayville, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390, enlisted in the Australian Armay on 19 Mar 1940 at Fitzroy, Victoria. He served with the 2/2 Field Company until his death on 11 September 1940 
    War Service - Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390
    War Service - Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390
    Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390 enlisted in the Australian Army on 19 March 1940 at Fitzroy Vic and served in 2/2 Field Company until his death on 11 September 1940.
    Roll of Honour 11 Sep 1940  Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Douglas Francis Mottley Smith name is located at Panel 24 in the commemorative Area at the Australian War memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan). 
    Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour - Douglas Francis Mottley Smith
    Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour - Douglas Francis Mottley Smith
    Douglas Francis Mottley Smith's name is located at panel 24 in the Commemorative area at the Australian War memorial and is indicated by the poppy on the plan.
    World War II Honour Roll - War Memorial Gates - Murrayville, Victoria, Australia
    World War II Honour Roll - War Memorial Gates - Murrayville, Victoria, Australia
    Located on the left hand side of the War Memorial Gates, Inscription reads In honour of the ex-servicemen & women who served in the 1939-45 World War II then followed by World War II (names).
    War Memorial Gates Murrayville Victoria Australia
    War Memorial Gates Murrayville Victoria Australia
    The War memorial Gates are located in McKenzie Street Murrayville Victoria. Left side inscription In honour of the ex-servicemen & women who served in the 1939-45 world War II. Right side inscription in honour of the ex-servicemen & women who served in Korea, Vietnam, Permanent Forces, national Service.
    Died 11 Sep 1940  at Sea, Middle East Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Roll of Honour Circular - Douglas Francis Mottley
    Roll of Honour Circular - Douglas Francis Mottley
    Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley VX13390 Roll of Honour Circular contains the details of his death. see the attached circular for full details.
    War Dead - Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith
    War Dead - Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith
    Name Smith, Douglas Francis Mottley, Rank Sapper, Service Number Vx13390, Date of Death 11 September 1940, Age 21, Regiment Royal Australian Engineers, Service Country Australian, Grave/memorial Reference Panel 2, Cemetery/Memorial Name Northern Territory memorial
    Buried 11 Sep 1940  Panel 2, Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • He died at sea and his body was never buried and he is remembered on Panel 2 of the Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River War Cemetery.
    Northern Territory Memorial
    Northern Territory Memorial
    Country:
    Australia
    Locality:
    Northern Territory
    Identified Casualties:
    289

    Location Information

    The Northern Territory Memorial stands in Adelaide River War Cemetery and is one of several memorials erected to commemorate the men of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Merchant Navy who lost their lives in the south-west Pacific region during the 1939-1945 War and have no known grave.

    Adelaide River is a township lying 116 kilometres south of Darwin, on the main north-south road from the capital to the railhead at Alice Springs.

    The memorial is placed centrally in the cemetery, between the entrance building and the Cross of Sacrifice, which is towards the rear boundary wall. It commemorates 289 members of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Services Reconnaissance Department who lost their lives in operations in the Timor and Northern Australian regions and in waters adjacent to Australia north of Latitude 20 South, and who have no known grave.

    It takes the form of a low structure in the style of an altar approached by two steps, with eight incised stone panels bearing the names of those whose memory it immortalises. Around the memorial, above the names, is carved a dedicatory inscription.

    Men of the Royal Australian Navy lost in this area who have no known grave are commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in England, along with many of their comrades of the Royal Navy and of other Commonwealth naval forces.

    Historical Information

    Northern Territory, Australia, contained during the war the largest operational base in the south-west Pacific. Darwin, the capital, was heavily bombed in 1942 and within a month of the first air raid became the heart of this important base. From its airfields the Royal Australian Air Force raided Timor, Dutch New Guinea, Borneo and the islands in the Arafura Sea; and it was from Darwin that the Services Reconnaissance Department moved by aeroplane, flying-boat or submarine to their operational areas.

    Timor, 450 miles from the north-western coast of the continent and of vital strategic importance, was the scene of a gallant resistance put up against overwhelming odds by "Sparrow Force", a small body of Australian troops sent there early in December 1941 to assist the Dutch in holding the island. Sparrow Force joined a contingent of the Dutch forces and a formation of the Royal Australian Air Force at Koepang, on the south-western tip of the island where lay the Dutch aerodrome and radio station. The Japanese struck the first blow a heavy air raid on the Koepang aerodrome on January 26th 1942. This was followed by blows at keypoints in both Dutch and Portuguese Timor, prior to the landing of the Japanese troops. On the initial violation of Portuguese neutrality an Australian Independent Company (a Commando force) was detached from the main Australian body and with Dutch East Indian troops left Koepang for Portuguese Timor.

    There they tried to organise some sort of defence of Dilli, the capital, with the object of denying the Japanese the use of its aerodrome and other facilities. Then came simultaneous air attacks on Koepang and Dilli, and at the same time Japanese carrier based bombers and planes from Amboina blasted Darwin, effectively preventing the despatch of reinforcements to Timor. Faced by odds of twenty to one the small force held out, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy, until at last the main body at Koepang was compelled to capitulate on February 23rd 1942.

    Remnants of the force made their way into Portuguese Timor and linked up with the Australian Independent Company operating in the Dilli region. When this place in turn was over-run by the enemy this small party put up a terrific resistance, one group of 20 Australians holding up 500 Japanese for six hours. Finally, having destroyed the aerodrome, the Australian Independent Company together with a Dutch Guerilla force withdrew to the wild, heavily timbered mountains of Fronteira province. There they began a historic and most successful guerilla campaign which lasted until they were evacuated early in 1943.
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    Father Clarence Lake Mottley Stirling Smith,   b. 1894, Jeparit, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1979, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Jessie Emily M Dunn 
    Married 1917  Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1805  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 19 Mar 1940.
      Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390 b 6 March 1919 at Sydney, NSW, enlisted in the Australian Army on 19 March 1940 at Fitzroy, Victoria.

    2. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 6 Mar 1919.
      Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390, B. 06 March 1919 at Sydney, New South Wales

    3. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 11 Sep 1940.
      Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390 Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Army enlisted 19 Mar 1940 at Fitzroy Victoria and served in 2/2 Field Company until his death 11 Sep 1940.

    4. [S202] Australian War Memorial (Reliability: 3), 11 Sep 1940.
      Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith VX13390 2/2 Field Company Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Army died 11 September 1940 at sea (middle East) cause of death Injuries. See attached roll of honour

    5. [S32] Veteran Affairs (Reliability: 3), 11 Sep 1940.
      Sapper Douglas Francis Mottley Smith Vx13390 died 11 September 1940, posting on death 2/2 Field Company.

    6. [S202] Australian War Memorial (Reliability: 3), 11 Sep 1940.
      Death details - see attached card

    7. [S48] Commonwealth War Graves Commission (Reliability: 3), 11 Sep 1940.
      Name Smith, Douglas, Francis, Mottley, Rank Sapper, Service Number VX13390, Date of Death 11/09/1940, Age 21, Regiment/Service Royal Australian Engineers, Service country Australia, Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 2, Cemetery/Memorial Name Northern Territory Memorial.


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