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James Tasman DODDS

Regimental number521
Place of birthTasmania
SchoolState School, Tasmania
Address2 Woodstock Street, Chilwell via Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Dodds, 2 Woodstock Street, Chilwell via Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 30 September 1918
Place of death or woundingBellicourt, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Margaret DODDS, 45 Hyans Street, Chelwell, Geelong, Victoria

Military Medal

'After gaining the final objective at POLYGON WOOD on 26th September, 1917, Lance Corporal DODDS found that all his Officers were casualties, and that the position was critical owing to our left flank being unsupported. Quickly summing up the situation and making good use of ground lance Corporal DODDS took command of all available men (about 25) and built up a line which protected our left flank, in doing which he showed conspicuous ability and gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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