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Alfred Stanley Hodgson DOOREY

Regimental number3613
Place of birthTownsville, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressMain Street, Railway Estate, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 2.5"
Weight110 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Emily Doorey, Main Street, Railway Estate, Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceCitizen Forces, Area 1A South Townsville (2 years)
Enlistment date8 February 1917
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 2 August 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3613A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
104
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Stanley Hope and Elizabeth Jane Kennedy DOOREY, Main Street, Railway Estate, Townsville, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 August 1917; disembarked Glasgow, 2 October 1917; marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 3 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 January 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 January 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 11 January 1918; taken on strength of 25th Bn, in the field, 15 January 1918, and allotted the number 3613A.

Found guilty, 15 January 1918, of being late on 0820 hours Parade for draft to march out to unit: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOOREY Alfred Stanley Hodgson

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