Douglas Searle CHRISTIE

CHRISTIE, Douglas Searle

Service Number: 70
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Frewville, SA A Company
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 25 February 1894
Home Town: Frewville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bricklayer
Died: Daw Park, South Australia, 12 November 1972, aged 78 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Myrtle Bank War Memorial, Parkside Public School Roll of Honor, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Frewville, SA A Company
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
3 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 32nd Infantry Battalion
5 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Accidentally wounded by bomb
19 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 32nd Infantry Battalion
27 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion
2 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 32nd Infantry Battalion
3 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 32nd Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 70, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Douglas Searle CHRISTIE was born on 25th February, 1894 at Parkside, South Australia

His parents were John CHRISTIE and Josephine SEARLE

He was previously with the Senior Cadets, 74th Battalion, B Company before he enlisted in Keswick as a Private to serve in WW1 - he embarked with the 32nd Battalion, A company on the HMAT Geelong from Adelaide on the 18th November, 1915

He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 3.9.16 & then to Sergeant on 19.5.17 & reverted to Lance Corporal on 27.3.18.  Promoted again to Corporal on 2.7.18 and then to Sergeant on 3.7.18 - he was accidentally wounded in France on 5th May, 1917 with an incident with a bomb - he was exonerated from blame for the accident after an enquiry 

He returned to Australia on 17th March, 1919 on the ship Plassy & disembarked on 27th April, 1919 & was discharged on 20th June, 1919.  He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

Douglas married Dorothy Peggy ROWE on 3rd June, 1922 at St Matthews Church, Kensington, South Australia

He died on 12th November, 1972 in Daw Park, SA - last abode was Forestville & is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery in Adelaide

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Douglas & Dorothys daughter Peggy CHRISTIE (SN96535) served in WW2 in the Air Force & married Flight Sergeant Allan James STEWART (RAAF) in 1946 

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