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John William DODDS

Regimental number36
Place of birthLington England
ReligionChurch of England
Address7 George Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs M D Dodds, 52 Catherine Street, Ashington, Northumberland, England
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Motor Transport Section
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Meritorious Service Medal)

Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

'On 28th October, 1917, he was working with a convoy of motor lorries on the FREZENBERG Road. Heavy shell fire destroyed the road and made it impassable. After completing his own duties Sergeant DODDS brought up two lorries loaded with road material, proceeded forward at great personal risk and repaired the damage, thus allowing traffic to be resumed. He has performed all his duties in an excellent manner and has set a very good example as an N.C.O. since arrival in France in November, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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

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