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William John DOBSON

Regimental number2148
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
SchoolState School, Victoria
Address39 Crook Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Dobson, Crook Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2148A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialEstaires Communal Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave no. 16), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Catherine DOBSON, 9 McKenzie Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 25 October 1915.

Transferred by HS 'Oxfordshire' to Egypt, 2 December 1915, and admitted to No 1 Auxiliary hospital, Heliopolis, 5 December 1915 (frost bite); discharged to Overseas Baser, Ghezireh, 30 December 1915.

Rejoined 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 22 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 15 July 1916 (gun shot wound, scalp and back); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 16 July 1916.

Died of wounds, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOBSON William John

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