DODD, John

Service Number: 924
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woolwich, England, 1864
Home Town: Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gas worker
Died: Hemiplegia/Haemoplegia, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England , 31 January 1917
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Tranancore St. George's Church of England Parkville Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, 924, 6th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, 924, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 31st January…… John Robert Dodd was born at Woolwich, England. (according to his age listed on Attestation Papers he was born around 1869, however his wife placed a death notice in the newspapers in 1917 stating his age as 53 years which means his was born around 1864)

According to information supplied by his wife for the Roll of Honour – John Robert Dodd came to Australia when he was 21 years old. She stated he had served for about 10 years in Commonwealth Military Forces (Citizen).

John Robert Dodd married Florence Maria Eveline Walker in Victoria on 25th September, 1895.
He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 17th August, 1914 stating he was a 45 year old, married, Gas Labourer from 22 Princes Street, Flemington, Victoria.

Private John Dodd, Service number 924, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Hororata (A20) on 19th October, 1914 with the 6th Infantry Battalion “D” Company.

On 5th April, 1915 Private Dodd embarked from Alexandria on Troopship Galeka to join M.E.F. (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force).

He was transferred to Troopship Galeka on 20th May, 1915 at Dardanelles with Dysentery (as per Casualty form – Active Service. The Statement of Service form & Purport form both recorded Private Dodd had Diarrhoea from 22nd – 30th May, 1915). He was admitted to 17th General Hospital at Alexandria on 28th May, 1915. Private Dodd was transferred to Convalescent Camp at Mustapha on 25th June, 1915 (The Statement of Service form recorded Private Dodd was transferred on 21st June, 1915).

From 6th July, 1916 Private Dodd was taken on strength of Details Camp at Tel-el-Kebir.

He embarked for Overseas from Alexandria on 22nd October, 1916 per Minnetonk.

Private John Dodd died on 31st January, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Hemiplegia/Haemoplegia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)