William Charles Douglas VEALE CBE, MC, DCM, ED, MID

VEALE, William Charles Douglas

Service Numbers: 8026, VX43445
Enlisted: 14 February 1916
Last Rank: Brigadier
Last Unit: 5th Field Company Engineers
Born: California Gully, Bendigo, Vic., 16 May 1895
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: St. Andrews College, Bendigo, Vic.
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: North Adelaide, South Australia , 17 August 1971, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens Of Remembrance, Tree Bed 12, Position 005
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 8026
20 Apr 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 8026, 5th Field Company Engineers
20 Apr 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 8026, 5th Field Company Engineers, SS Hawkes Bay, Sydney

World War 2 Service

2 Jul 1940: Involvement Brigadier, SN VX43445
2 Jul 1940: Enlisted Caulfield, VIC
24 Apr 1946: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of John VEALE and Mary Jane nee CHRISTIAN

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was one of a party who were starting to mark out an assembly position when the officer and three others were seriously wounded. He attended to all their wounds under continuous shell fire, and got them away to safety. He then marked out the assembly position successfully. He showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Military Cross

'During operation on the Somme, on the night of the 28-29th September, 1918, bridges were required to cross the canal between Eterpigny and Peronne. In spite of the darkness and persistent desultory shell fire, he reconnoitred the banks for suitable sites, and then proceeded with the dangerous work of transporting materials. Constantly harassed by shell fire, darkness, and shortness of time, by his fine example of courage and energy he constructed two excellent bridges in time for use by the infantry next morning.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919


Town Clerk, City of Adelaide, 1947-65.

Veale Gardens, South Terrace, Adelaide, are named after him.