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John William SIMPSON

Regimental number5912
Place of birthCoghills Creek, Victoria
True NameDOOLEY, James William
SchoolCoghills Creek State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address106 Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 3.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Thomas Grant, 106 Palmerston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 May 1918
Place of death or woundingVille-Sur-Ancre, France
Date of death19 May 1918
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VIII, Row D, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Harriet DOOLEY. Native of Coghill's Creek, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: Alfred Dooley, Harold Belstead, James Cantwell and Robert David, all killed in action.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsOriginally enlisted as James DOOLEY; deserted from Ballarat Training Camp, 31 October 1915; listed as a deserter, 23 November 1915.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMPSON John William

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