Keith McKeddie DOIG MC

DOIG, Keith McKeddie

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 28 July 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 1st Australian General Hospital
Born: Nathalia, Victoria, 11 December 1891
Home Town: Princes Hill, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Geelong College and Melbourne University
Occupation: Medical practitioner
Died: Natural causes (after long illness), Lorne, Victoria, 3 January 1949, aged 57 years
Cemetery: Colac General Cemetery
Memorials: Geelong College WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, Medical Officers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, Medical Officers, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
28 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, Medical Officers, Melbourne, Victoria
26 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Major, 1st Australian General Hospital

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Keith McKeddie Doig, of Colac, Victoria, died at Lorne on January 3, 1949, three months after the onset of severe illness while he was at work. He was born fifty-seven years ago at Nathalia, where his father was a school master. He entered Geelong College on a scholarship and left his mark on the college life, both in athletics and in work, becoming dux of the school the year he left to pass into Ormond College of the University of Melbourne. Here again he left the impress of his personality, both in scholarship and athletics, and he took a leading place in the organized social life of the college. He remained an enthusiastic member of the old students' associations of both school and college for the rest of his life. After a brilliant medical course he qualified in 1914. In 1915 he entered the Australian Army Medical Corps, his major war service being as medical officer to the 60th Battalion, in which he formed many lasting friendships; later he was posted to Number 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen, where he shortly became registrar and continued his genius for making lasting friendships. His health suffered badly under the strain of his battalion life, but he returned and took up general practice in Colac in partnership with me in March, 1920. About the same time he married Miss Lewis Maffra Grant. His married life, as well as his professional life, was extremely happy. He had four children, two of whom, Dr. R. K. Doig and Dr. W. G. Doig, followed him in his profession..." - READ MORE LINK (oa.anu.edu.au)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Captain Keith McKeddie Doig MC, 60th Battalion medical officer from Princes Hill, Victoria... On 1 January 1918 Captain Doig was awarded the Military Cross, for his courage and devotion to duty during the Somme fighting..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)