Neil C SmithLieutenant Colonel Neil C. Smith, AM (Retd) (Victoria)

Neil Smith was raised in Western Australia. He spent 24 years in the Australian Regular Army with postings throughout Australia and overseas including a tour of duty in South Vietnam. He qualified at various staff training schools and was later awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for Explosive Ordnance Disposal in the Solomon Islands. With a broad service experience no one knows better how to get the most out of military records and archives.

Since resigning from the army 20 years ago Neil has pursued an interest in military history which had started whilst stationed in the United Kingdom. With his wife Sylvie he established Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications and has published scores of unit histories and other works and articles on Australian and British military history. His first book with Unlock the Past, That elusive digger: tracing your Australian military ancestors is already published, with more titles coming.

Neil often provides presentations on military history with a particular focus on how to research the man behind the medal. He has undertaken much TV work from both sides of the camera and has also researched in detail tens of thousands of individual service personnel for a range of official and private clients, many of whom are genealogists.

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