Douglas Devlin Edgar DRYSDALE

Badge Number: 6193, Sub Branch: State

DRYSDALE, Douglas Devlin Edgar

Service Number: 2801
Enlisted: 1 November 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Light Horse Brigade Signal Troop
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 3 January 1887
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Motor Driver & Book Keeper
Died: Illness, South Australia, 31 August 1944, aged 57 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Light Oval; Row #3S; C/E/W: W; Site #A
Memorials: Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2801
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2801, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mongolia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2801, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
27 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 2801, 1st Light Horse Brigade Signal Troop
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 2801
Date unknown: Wounded 2801, 1st Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

born in: Rockhampton Queensland

Mother Mrs Julia Annie Drysdale, Vine Street, Prospect, South Australia
later living at Malborough Street, Henley Beach, SA

Brother-in-law in service:
26923 Driver Leon George - 7th Field Artillery Brigade
04/01/1916  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA
07/09/1916  embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC, onboard HMAT A15 Port Sydney,
                   as a Driver with 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 5th Reinforcement
05/01/1917  taken on strength 27th Battery, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, in the field
26/04/1918  transferred to 27th Battery
14/06/1918  killed in action, Somme, France
buried in:    Croydon Military Cemetery, 3 1/4 miles East South East of Amiens
1920 exhumed and reburied in:
                  Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France
                  Plot IV, Row E, Grave 2
                  1 mile south west of Morlancourt, 4 3/4 miles north east of Corbie
His name is commemorated on:-
- Panel 15 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
- the South Australian Harbor Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, SA

1287 Private John Gordon GEORGE - 11th Light Horse Regiment
19/02/1915 enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA
26/10/1915 embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT SS Hawkes Bay
                  as a Private with 11th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
11/04/1916 returned to Australia
20/10/1929 passed away (38 years of age)
buried in:    West Terrace Cemetery - AIF Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
                  Light Oval; Row # 4S; C/E/W: E; Site #8


Douglas was described on enlisting as 26 years 11 month of age; 5' 8 3/4" tall;
162 lbs; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Church of England

01/11/1915  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA

13/07/1916  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard RMS Mongolia
                   as a Private with 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement

12/08/1916  taken on strength 1st Light Horse Regiment

27/08/1916  taken on strengh of 1st Signal Troop

26/02/1917  detached to Signal School, Zeitoun

02/03/1917  Sapper Drysdale - sick to hospital
08/03/1917  rejoined unit

02/05/1917  appendicitis - admitted 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel-el-Kebir
06/05/1917  admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital

12/11/1917  returned to Australia onboard HT WIltshire, ex Suez

22/03/1918  discharged from service

Medals:       British War medal (14879) and Victory medal (14627)

25/01/1934  divorced from Eva Dorothy Drysdale (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Last lived at Finsbury, SA.

31/08/1944  passed away (56 years of age)

buried in:     West Terrace Cemetery, AIF Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
                   Light Oval; Row #3S; C/E/W: W; Site #A 

14/08/1947  a 'widow' Lilian J Drysdale, 23 Bruce Street, Nedlands, WA - wrote to AIF

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/04/2017.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Douglas Devlin Edgar DRYSDALE was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on 3rd January, 1887

His parents were John Erskine DRYSDALE & Julie Annie DEVLIN