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Horace Edward DODSON

Regimental number642
Place of birthAuburn, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
AddressCentre Road, Bentleigh, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Amy I. Dodson, Centre Road, Bentleigh, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L. Grave No. 40), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur Edward and Ada DODSON, husband of Army Ivy Taylor BROWN (formerly DODSON), 135 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla'.

Admitted No 14 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 1 May 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 5 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported missing, 21 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 28 July 1916, killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery, Croix Blanche, by Reverend C. Cranston, 20 July 1916.

Statement, 761 Corporal R.M. TAIT, C Company, 31st Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 14 November 1916: 'Informant states that on 20th July 1916 at Fleurbaix the 5th division (sic) of the 31st Australian Imperial Force tried to take enemy's trench but were put back. Dodson was signaller acting as runner and was killed in this engagement. He is buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery ... '

Second statement, 627 Pte J. CAHILL, C Company, 31st Bn, 31 January 1917: 'I saw him killed by M.G. fire in the charge at Fleurbaix, on 19th. July. He fell in No Man's Land as we went across. We had to leave his body there and go on.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address subsequently 715 High Street, Armadale, Victoria (26 September 1916); then c/o Mrs Hobdon, 84 Elgin Street, Carlton, Victoria (21 December 1916); then 'Joyce Glen', Mavho Street, Bentleigh, Victoria (11 April 1917); then Balaclava Road, Caulfield, Victoria; then, 135 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, DODSON Horace Edward
Red Cross file 930609

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