Mathew Roderick (Rod) DOBIE

Badge Number: S23510, Sub Branch: Blyth
S23510

DOBIE, Mathew Roderick

Service Number: 2598
Enlisted: 23 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 7 March 1885
Home Town: Blyth, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Barman
Died: Stroke, Blythe, South Australia, 22 February 1972, aged 86 years
Cemetery: Blyth Cemetery
Memorials: Blyth Boys of the Blyth District WW1 Roll of Honour , Snowtown & District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2598, 32nd Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
25 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
19 Sep 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Arrived in the Battalion as a reinforcement 2nd August 1916, after Fromelles. Wounded 19 Sep evacuated to England GSW left leg (ankle) classified 'Severe'
25 Jun 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2598, Mathew Dobie spent 1917 being moved form one hospital to another. He does not appear to have returned to front line duty before being returned to Australia in April 1918 before being discharged medically unfit in June 1918.

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Biography of Mathew Roderick Dobie

 

Mathew Roderick Dobie fought in WW1. He enlisted in the 5th Reinforcement of the 32nd Infantry Battalion. He was a private with the service tag number of 2598. The outcome of his service was that he returned home to Australia awarded with a British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His date of death was the 22nd of February 1972 and his grave stone is at Blyth Cemetery, South Australia. He enlisted for the war on the 23rd of February 1916. Then, later embarked from Adelaide on the 25th of March 1916. He left on the ship HMAT (Her Majesty’s Australian Transport) Shropshire A9. His embarkation roll number was 23/49/2 and his age was 31 when he left. Mathews next in kin, during WW1, was his mother Sarah Dobie. Before leaving for war his occupation was a barman. The 32nd battalion fought from Fromelles to having follow up operations on the Hindenburg line. They fought at Polygon Wood in the Ypres Sector and at Amiens. After the war with so few troops left in the battalion they ended up being merged with the 30th battalion

 

Bibliography

  

AWM (Australian War Memorial), https://www.awm.gove.au/people/roll/R1873915/, Date Accessed: 9/5/16

AIF (Australian Imperial Force), https://aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=80037\, UNSW Canberra, Date Accessed: 9/5/16, Date Created: 2004

AWM, https://www.awm.gov.au/unit/U51472/, Date Accessed: 9/5/16

 

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