Walter DOLLMAN

Badge Number: S157, Sub Branch: Unley
S157

DOLLMAN, Walter

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 March 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 20 February 1873
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Pultney Grammar School
Occupation: Journalist/Local Government Councillor
Died: Natural causes, Malvern, South Australia, 23 August 1945, aged 72 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Light Oval 4N W A - Section: LO, Road: 4N, Site No: 0A
Memorials: Adelaide Pulteney Grammar School WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Unley St. Augustine's Church Roll of Honour, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
15 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
6 Mar 1921: Discharged AIF WW1, Colonel, 27th Infantry Battalion

The Adelaide Mail 13 Mar 1915 - UNLEY OFFICER HONOURED

The Mail (Adelaide, SA: 1912 - 1954), Saturday 13 March 1915, page 3

UNLEY OFFICER HONOURED

Prior to the opening of the new drill hall at Unley today, His Excellency the Govenor decorated the commanding officer of the 74th Infantry Regiment (Lieutenant Col. Dollman) with the volunteer decoration. This medal is awarded to volunteer officers for 20 years' effective service, and is a much coveted honour. In making the presentation His Excellency said he hoped the recipient would long continue in the service, and that the decoration would be the first of many similar honours.

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Death of Col. DOLLMAN - "Grand Old Man of R.S.L."

Advertiser 24 August 1945 page 8

DEATH OF COL. DOLLMAN

"Grand Old Man Of R.S.L."

Col. Walter Dollman who died at his Home at Unley road Malvern, yesterday, has often been termed the "grand old man of the RSL.'" No one hao done more for the league and for returned soldiers generally than he. His chief delight in the was always to help the returned digger. During the last war Col. Dollman was commanding officer of the 27th Battalion. Born in Adelaide in 1876, Col. Dollman was educated at Pulteney Grammar School. As a youth he was associated with station life in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. Returning to Adelaide in 1895 he subsequently joined the commercial staff of The Advertiser. He always took an enthusiastic interest in civic affairs, becoming a member of the Unley Council for Parkside ward in 1903. In 1913 be was elected Mayor of Unley. In May 1915 Col. Dollman left South Australia in command of the27th Battalion, returning in 1917,after having been recommended for home service.

After the war, he took up land in the Renmark district, but returned to "The Advertiser" some years later, where he was placed on the editorial staff. War Disability - In 1929, Col.Dollman was appointed State president of the RSL after holding the presidency of the Unley sub-branch for three years. He was also president of the Renmark sub-branch in 1923 and 1924. Despite a war disability, he always took part in Anzac Day processions, riding in a car at the headof his old battalion. He was atthe saluting base when the Second27th Battalion marched throughAdelaide preparatory to embarking for the Middle East in 1940. Col. Dollman's last big official function was a dinner in connection with the annual Federal congress of the RSL in Adelaide last year. He was wheeled in, in a chair and given a place at the head of one of the tables .He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters. The funeral will take place today in the AIF Cemetery, West terrace, after a service in St. Augustine's Church Unley. The State board ot the league met yesterday morning, and arranged that the funeral cortege will proceed along Angas street, pausing for a brief service outside league headquarters. It is hoped that the Rev. G. W. Kendrew will conduct the service, but if he is unable to attend the State president of the RSL (Mr Eric Millhouse) will speak.

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Biography

Surname: DOLLMAN; Given Names: Walter; Date of Birth: 20 February 1873; Date of Enlistment: 16 March 1915; Trade or Calling: Agents Secretary; Birth Location: Adelaide; Address prior to enlistment: Austral Tce Malvern SA; Photograph sent by: Walter Dollman

Walter Dollman was born on 20th February 1873, the son of Walter DOLLMAN and Sarah nee LANE, of Porter Street, Parkside, SA.

After schooling at Pultney Grammar, as a youth he was associated with station life in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia.  Returning to Adelaide in 1895 he subsequently joined the commercial staff of The Chronicle (later the Advertiser).  He always took an enthusiastic interest in civic affairs, becoming a member of the Unley Council for Parkside ward in 1903.  In 1913 be was elected Mayor of Unley. 

He served in the pre war Militia from 1895 as  an  officer in "the Adelaide Rifles" the 10th Australian Infantry Regt and later as Commanding Officer, the 74th Infantry Regt.  He also served as an alderman and Mayor (1913-14) of the City of Unley.

He was appointed first CO of 27th Bn AIF, March 1915 and embarked for overseas service 31 May 1915. He commanded the Battlion through the Gallippoli campaign and then on to the Western Front.  After Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, he was wounded as a result of a gas attack, and rendered unfit for further frontline service.  He was returned to Australia in September 1916..

He was appointed commandant Mitcham Army Camp, Dec 1916-Jan 1919.

In 1929, Col.Dollman was appointed State president of the RSL after holding the presidency of the Unley sub-branch for three years.  He was also president of the Renmark sub-branch in 1923 and 1924.  Despite a war disability, he always took part in Anzac Day processions, riding in a car at the head of his old battalion. He was at the saluting base when the 2/27th Battalion marched throughAdelaide preparatory to embarking for the Middle East in 1940.  Col. Dollman's last big official function was a dinner in connection with the annual Federal congress of the RSL in Adelaide in 1944.  He was wheeled in, in a chair and given a place at the head of one of the tables   

Walter Dollman co-authored the Battalion History, "The Brown and Blue Diamond", in 1921.

For many years he was a journalist for "The Chronicle" newspaper, writing under the nome de plume "Garth Owen".

He died on 23 August 1945 at Malvern, SA, Aged 72 years.  He is buried in the AIF Cemetery West Terrace Cemetery Light Oval 4N W A

The accompanying images were submitted courtesy of Guy Dollman.

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