Service Number: 6243
Enlisted: 10 April 1916, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sheffield, England, 2 March 1879
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Wounds, To Be Determined, Guildford, England, United Kingdom, 10 May 1918, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Guildford (Stoke) Old Cemetery
Stoke Old Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of Townsville WW1 Honour Roll, Townsville Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6243, Townsville, Queensland
7 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6243, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6243, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane
20 Sep 1917: Wounded Private, SN 6243, 9th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
24 Apr 1918: Wounded Private, SN 6243, 9th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, 2nd occasion - GSW (head)

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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

Died on this date - 10th May.......Private John Dolby was born at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England in 1879. John Dolby was recorded on the Australian Electoral Roll in Queensland from 1908. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 10th April, 1916 as a 37 year old, single, Labourer from Stewart's Creek, via Townsville, Queensland.
Private Dolby arrived in England for further training on 2nd November, 1916. He joined 9th Battalion in France on 1st January, 1917. Private Dolby was sent to Hospital sick on 23rd May, 1917, discharged on 28th May, 1917 & rejoined his Battalion 15th June, 1917.

Private Dolby was wounded in action in Belgium on 20th September, 1917 along with 7 Officers & 177 other ranks. 3 Officers & 36 other ranks had been killed. He rejoined his Battalion in France on 6th November, 1917.

Private Dolby was on leave to UK from 10th to 28th Janaury, 1918.
Private Dolby was wounded in action (2nd occasion) on 24th April, 1918 with wounds to head & shoulder. He was invalided to England & admitted to Guildford War Hospital, Surrey, England on 7th May, 1918 with gunshot wounds to head – seriously ill.

Private John Dolby died at 2.15 am on 10th May, 1918 at War Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, England from wounds received in action . He was buried in Stoughton Cemetery, (now referred to as Stoke Old Cemetery), Stoughton Road, Guildford, Surrey, England where 3 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

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