Lancelot Charles TUDGEY

TUDGEY, Lancelot Charles

Service Numbers: 1426, N102206
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, Gunnedah
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 8 Garrison Battalion (NSW)
Born: Shepperton, Victoria, 23 October 1898
Home Town: Gunnedah, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Gunnedah, New South Wales, 10 March 1987, aged 88 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

13 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion, Gunnedah
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT A20 'Hororata'
12 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele, GSW hand
17 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 34th Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, Shrapnel wounds right thigh & legs.
16 Mar 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion, HT 'Czarilza' for return to Australia. Transshipped to 'Dunluce Castle' at Alexandria - arrived Sydney 18 May, 1919.
17 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

1 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, N102206
1 Feb 1942: Enlisted Private, N102206, 8 Garrison Battalion (NSW)
11 Feb 1943: Discharged Corporal, N102206

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Private, 1426, 34th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Joining the Wallaby March at Gunnedah, New South Wales in December 1915, 17 years old Lance Tudgey was one of the lucky ones to survive the horrors of the Great War and return to Australia - but only just.

After five months of training he sailed out of Sydney on May 2, 1916, bound for the battlefields of France at a critical phase of the war.

A lewis gunner, Private Tudgey was wounded in the hand at Passchendaele on October 12, 1917. He was, however, only out of the line a short time.

On September 30, 1918, seven weeks before the German surrender, Private Tudgey was badly injured when a shell exploded close to him. This was the end of the conflict for Lance Tudgey as he spent the next 17 months in hospital recovering. He returned to Australia in the hospital ship 'Dunluce Castle' in May 1919.

Lance Tudgey return to farming near Gunnedah and named his property "Hill 60" after the Belgium battlefield location.

Private Lancelot Charles Tudgey was the last of the Gunnedah 'Wallabies' when he died in Gunnedah Hospital in March 1987, aged 89.

Credit: RG McLean