Allan Torrance DOIG MC


DOIG, Allan Torrance

Service Number: 865
Enlisted: 30 December 1914, 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 CofE 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
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, Corporal, SN 865, Liverpool, New South Wales
12 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 865, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
12 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 865, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 865, 17th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
16 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion
9 Oct 1917: Wounded Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion, Poelcappelle, GSW (elbow)
23 May 1918: Imprisoned "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"
27 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 17th Infantry Battalion

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"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 (