Allan Torrance DOIG MC

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DOIG, Allan Torrance

Service Numbers: 865, Commissioned
Enlisted: 30 December 1914, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Sydney, New South Wales, 21 September 1896
Home Town: North Sydney, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: North Sydney Church of England Grammar School
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Died of Illness (heart failure - POW of Germany), France, 27 June 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery
Plot I, Row A, Grave 6
Memorials: Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial (Ballarat), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 865, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
29 Mar 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 17th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 865, 17th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on HMAT 'A32' Themistocles from Sydney on 12th May 1915.
18 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 17th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 17th Infantry Battalion, Promoted whilst at Gallipoli.
17 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 865, 17th Infantry Battalion, Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt on 17th March 1916, disembarking Marseilles, France on 26th March 1916 to join British Expeditionary Force.
16 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion
5 Apr 1917: Honoured Military Cross, 'For conspicuous gallantry on the night of 12th/13th March. On several occasions he carried out very valuable reconnaissance work under shell fire in the enemy's GREVILLERS LINE, and captured a prisoner there.
On 13th March, he took a patrol into the village of GREVILLERS and in spite of heavy shell fire and sniping, ably fulfilled the duties allotted to him.
During the whole period from 12th/17th March he showed conspicuous gallantry and fearlessness, and showed a splendid example to his men.'
9 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned, 17th Infantry Battalion, Poelcappelle, Was hit by a piece of H.E. shell which penetrated outer side of right arm above elbow and lodged. It was extracted on same day through posterior incisions.
On 12th October 1918 was transferred to England. Was discharged to Sutton Veny Command Depot on 26th December 1917 and proceeded to France and rejoined unit on 25th January 1918.
23 May 1918: Imprisoned Lieutenant Doig went with another man to look at the wire. Whilst doing so they were seen by the enemy and fired at by a machine gun. Lieutenant Doig was wounded and the other man returned to the trenches to get assistance. When they returned Lieutenant was missing with signs of tracks back to the German lines.
Interned at Stammlager Limburg and then a Kriegs-Lazarett near Le Quesnoy where he succumbed to heart failure on 27th June 1918.
27 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned, 17th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"North Sydney Brothers Killed in Action.

Capt. Charles Doig, M.C., Lieut. Allan Torrance Doig, M.C., Only sons of the late Mr. A. E. Doig and Mrs. Doig, formerly of McMahon's Point, North Sydney, now of London. Captain Doig, who left with Carmichael's Thousand on 13th May, 1916, as second lieutenant, was promoted to first lieutenant in France, and then to captain before the battle of Messines, where he was awarded the Military Cross. He was subsequently gassed and wounded and sent to England, and on recovery returned to the front. He was killed in action on 1st October. Lieutenant Doig left with the 17th Battalion as corporal on 10th May, 1915, before he was 18 years of age. He was promoted to sergeant in Gallipoli and lieutenant in France. He won his Military Cross at Possieres, and was wounded while reconnoitring, and taken prisoner on 23rd May. He died on 26th June last, aged 21 years. The brothers were educated at the Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney, and Captain Doig at the time of enlistment was in the employ of Messrs. William Gardiner and Co. Both were decorated by the King at Buckingham Palace." - from the Sydney Mail 18 Dec 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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