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Leonard DOBBIN

Date of birth29 April 1868
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSolicitor and Notary
AddressGlanmire, Wimulla Road, Woollahra Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation46
Height5' 9"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Marie W Dobbin, Glanmire, Woollahra Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLt Colonel
Unit name1st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLt Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion

Major (Honorary Lt Colonel)

Unit: Special Duty
Promotion date: 18 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 November 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England

Embarked Sydney on HMAT 'Afric', 18 October 1914.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Minnewaska' and proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 13 May 1915 (laryngitis); discharged to duty, 23 May 1915. Admitted to hospital, 30 May 1915 (influenza). Admitted to Hospital Ship 'Gaeka', 16 June 1915 (tonsilitis); transferred to No 1 Convalescent Home, Bulkeley, 24 June 1915 (bronchial pneumonia); discharged to duty, 21 July 1915; returned to 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 3 August 1915. Proceeded to Alexandria on 'Anglo Egyptian', 21 August 1915; marched into Australian Overseas Base, Mustapha, to assume command of base details, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to No 21 General Hospital, 4 September 1915 (pyrexia). Embarked Alexandria on 'Karoola' and proceeded overseas to England; seconded from unit under General Division Orders, Gallipoli, 29 September 1915; admitted to No 3 London General Hospital, 5 October 1915 (enteric); marched into Australian and New Zealand Base Depot, Weymouth, to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force with No 14 draft, 2 January 1916.

Embarked Suez on 'Argylshire' for return to Australia, 3 March 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 14 April 1916. Appointment to Australian Imperial Force terminated (inability to be absorbed).

Appointed for service, 3 February 1917.

Embarked Sydney on 'Wiltshire' for voyage only, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, 11 April 1917.

Embarked Devonport on HMAT 'Militades' and commenced return to Australia, 4 May 1917.

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Indarra', 24 November 1917; promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, 13 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 27 December 1917.

Embarked Port Said on HMT 'Kashgae', 9 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, 20 January 1918; disembarked Southampton, 24 January 1918; taken on strength of Australian Imperial Force, London, 2 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Llanstephan Castle', 15 February 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 16 April 1918, for onward travel to Sydney.

Embarked Sydney on 'Gaika', 30 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, 20 November 1918. Appointment terminated, 19 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOBBIN Leonard

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