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John Hunter DOOLE

Regimental number2597
Place of birthKilrea, Londonderry, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height6' 1"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Doole, Mynock, Kilrea, Londonderry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 October 1917
Discharge date15 January 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2478A Pte Hugh DOOLE, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 16 August 1915; taken on strength of unit, Mudros, 18 November 1915; marched in to Alexandria, Egypt, 4 January 1916; taken on strength of 49th Bn, Habeite, 29 February 1916; taken on strength of 13th Machine Gun Company, 25 March 1916 (Tel el Kebir).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916; promoted Corporal, 23 August 1916; promoted Sergeant, 3 October 1916; promoted to Lieutenant, 8 February 1917.

Wounded in action, admitted to 77th Field Ambulance and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 12 June 1917 (gun shot wound to head); to 14th General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 June 1917; to England, 19 June 1917; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England, 19 June 1917; transferred to 6th Auxiliary Hospital, 11 October 1917 (various gun shot wounds to body).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Beltana', 18 October 1917; disembarked Brisbane, 10 December 1917; discharged (medically unfit), 15 January 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOOLE John Hunter

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