Duncan MCDOUGALL

MCDOUGALL, Duncan

Service Number: 723
Enlisted: 25 November 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Stepney, South Australia, 5 May 1895
Home Town: Torrensville, South Australia
Schooling: Mylor Primary School
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 28 August 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Hill 60 Cemetery and Hill 60 (NZ) Memorial
Special Memorial No. 29, Hill 60 Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mylor War Memorial, Plympton District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 723, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 723, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 723, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Surada, Melbourne
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 723, 9th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
28 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 723, 9th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography

NoK Mother - Mrs. Myrtle McDougall, Plympton, Adelaide, South Australia

 

Duncan McDougal was killed in the 9th Light Horse attack at Hill 60, on the northern edge of the ANZAC sector in an attack that formed one of the "August Battles; the unsuccessful attempt by the Allies to break out of their beacheads at Suvla, ANZAC and Helles.  The early battles (6-8 August) in this campaign included Lone Pine (the only one that met with a measure of success) a two pronged attack on Chunuk Bair, the high ground that held the key to tactical domination of the ANZAC sector.   This sequence of  attacks also included the catastrophe of the 8th and 10th Light Horse at the Nek, and a stalled seaborne assault by three British Divisions  further north at Suvla Bay.

The 9th Light Horse attack on Hiill 60 was a last attempt to gain control of Hill 60 which overlooked the Suvla sector.   The 9th Light Horse suffered heavy casualties including their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Carew Reynell.  Duncan McDougal, who had grown up in Mylor to Adelaide's south, but had been working in the city at the time of his enlistment, also fell that day.

 

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