Tasmania-born and Melbourne-raised, Malcolm Teesdale Smith moved to Adelaide in his youth to complete his studies, attending St Peters College like many of the boys that he would eventually fight alongside as scouts of the 10th Battalion.
Skills honed during his time with the Melbourne University Rifle club before the war gave him an early head start during training in Australia and over at Mena in Egypt.
Over the course of the long journey from Australia aboard the HMAT Ascanius and training together in under the shadow of the Pyramids, Smith and his old schoolmates had developed a tight bond by the time they were dispatched to Gallipoli.
According to Andrew Faulkner’s biography of fellow 10th Battalion Scout Arthur Blackburn, it was not long after arriving on Turkish soil that Smith was shot the first time, hit in the neck while helping a wounded fellow soldier on the beach.
Not dissuaded, Smith continued on, bleeding from the neck as he scaled two ridges in the ground assault.
Again, a fellow wounded soldier needed help, and so Smith broke cover only to be shot a second time – this time fatally.