James DODDS

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DODDS, James

Service Number: 2344
Enlisted: 29 April 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dargo, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed In Action, France, 18 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

29 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2344, 7th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2344, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
16 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2344, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His brother 114 Private Robert William Dodds 23rd Battalion AIF died of wounds at Pozieres only a fortnight before, and his half-brother (same mother) 1247 John William Eaves 8th Battalion AIF won the MM, and was recommended for a DCM. Another brother QX3057 Private Gilbert Dodds 2/9th Battalion AIF, was killed in action in Libya on 21 March 1941, age 38.