Donald Trevlyn HOOD


HOOD, Donald Trevlyn

Service Numbers: 596, 59
Enlisted: 3 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Division Headquarters
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2 November 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Kyre College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Shell blast in trench, Belgium, 29 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate
Ramparts Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 8), Lillie Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hawthorn St Columba's WW1 Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 596, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 596, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 596, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 59, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
14 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Division Headquarters
29 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 59, 2nd Division Headquarters, 2nd Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...59 Sergeant Donald Trevlyn Hood, 2nd Australian Division Headquarters. A clerk prior to enlistment, 596 Private Hood embarked with the 27th Battalion from Adelaide on HMAT Geelong (A2) on 31 May 1915. In March 1916 he transferred to the 2nd Australian Division Headquarters. On 29 October 1917, he was killed in action in Belgium and buried at Ramparts Cemetery Lille Gate, Ypres. He was 21 years of age." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Mitchell Graney

Donald Trevlyn Hood was born on the 2nd of November in 1895 in Hobart, Tasmania as the son of William Percy and Caroline Burbury Hood. As a child, he grew up in the city of Adelaide, South Australia with his brothers Rupert and Kenneth, who also served in the army, and attended Kyre College, which was also located in Adelaide. Donald enlisted to join the Australian Infantry Forces on the 3rd of Mach in 1915 in Keswick, South Australia at the age of 19 years and 4 months. Prior to enlisting in the army, he worked at a bank as a clerk. His first rank was as a private, his unit was the 27th Battalion, C Company, and his service numbers were 59 and 596. He embarked from Adelaide on board the HMAT A2 Geelong on the 31st of May in 1915. The ship landed in Gallipoli and the soldiers then proceeded to fight on the Gallipoli Campaign and after that, the Western Front. In March of 1916 he transferred to a new unit, the 2nd Australian Division Headquarters. Donald was killed in action at the age of 21 in the Third Battle of Ypres on the 29th of October in 1917. The cemetery in which Donald’s grave can be located is in the Ramparts Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium. His grave is in row B and is the 8th grave along. The memorials in which Donald’s service is commemorated can be located at the Adelaide National War Memorial, the Australian War Memorial in the Roll of Honour, and in the Unley HB01 Town Hall.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Lou Perkins
Sgt Donald Trevlyn HOOD – KIA 29 October 1917

On 29th October our family remembers the anniversary of the death of Donald Trevlyn Hood. He was the youngest child born to William Percy HOOD and Caroline (nee Burbury) in Hobart on 2ndNovember 1895. After attending Kyre College, he worked as a bank clerk in Adelaide and he enlisted in the 27th Battalion in March 1915 in Keswick Adelaide at the age of 19 years and 4 months. His two older brothers also enlisted -Kenneth Robin MM (#149 3rd Field Ambulance) and Rupert Desmond Keith (# 1400 9th Light Horse).

He was on board the HMT Southland, enroute from Alexandria Egypt to the Dardanelles when it was torpedoed by a German submarine on 2 September 1915.He spent several hours in the water before being rescued. On 5 September he travelled to Anzac where the following morning he ‘stepped on Turkish soil’, and later that year, saw his first ever snowfall.

In France May 1916 he was transferred from the 27th Battalion to the 2ndAustralian Division Headquarters, and was quickly promoted to Corporal, and then Sergeant in October. Donald was the Senior Sergeant in the section organizing medical services.

On 29 October 1917, aged 21 years he was killed in action in Belgium during the Third Battle of Ypres. On that day a German shell entered the trench where 2ndDivision HQ was located and a number of men were working, killing about 7 of them, amongst them Donald. He is buried beside his mates in the sadly beautiful Ramparts Cemetery at Lille Gate, Ypres, not far from where he was killed.

Of his brothers, Rupert was badly wounded at Gaza in April 1917 and was returned to Australia where he settled in Adelaide; Kenneth was demobilized in 1919 and returned to Tasmania where he farmed in the Oatlands area.

Donald is commemorated in the Soldiers Memorial Walk on the Domain, Hobart.

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