Harold William DODDRIDGE

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DODDRIDGE, Harold William

Service Number: 2839
Enlisted: 24 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 12 September 1893
Home Town: Kent Town, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Conductor
Died: Died of wounds, Crouy, France, 7 May 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Plot II Row B Grave 8
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

24 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
15 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm, Shell shock
2 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 50th Infantry Battalion, 2nd occasion - GSW (leg)
13 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 50th Infantry Battalion, 3rd occasion - Shell wound (buttocks)
25 Apr 1918: Wounded
25 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2839, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, 4th occasion - Shell wound (abdomen)

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Biography contributed by Sandra Doddridge

"...2839 Private Harold William Doddridge, 50th Battalion. A conductor from Kent Town, South Australia, prior to enlistment in the 9th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion, he embarked from Adelaide on 21 September 1915 aboard HMAT Star of England for Suez. He was taken on strength of the 10th Battalion in Mudros which then was withdrawn to Egypt. Pte Doddridge was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front, France, during early June 1916. Pte Doddridge was wounded in action with shell shock in mid-August 1916 near Albert, France, but was able to re-join his unit the next day. In February 1917 he was wounded in action near Bernafay which required evacuation to England for treatment and recuperation before rejoining his battalion in mid-August 1917. Pte Doddridge was appointed Lance Corporal and held this rank until early March 1918 when he reverted to Private. He was wounded in action on a third occasion on 13 March 1918 near Ypres, Belgium, and was able to re-join his battalion ten days later. Pte Doddridge was wounded in action on a fourth occasion on 25 April 1918 near Villers-Bretonneux, France, died of these wounds 12 days later and is buried in the Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme, France. He was aged 24 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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