James Tasman DODDS MM

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DODDS, James Tasman

Service Number: 521
Enlisted: 15 July 1915, Geelong, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Seymour, Tasmania, October 1892
Home Town: Chilwell, Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 September 1918
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Plot 11, Row E, Grave No. 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chilwell State School Roll of Honor, Highton Newtown Russell St Baptist Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, Geelong, Victoria
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
10 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, GSW (head and right leg)
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, 2nd occasion - GSW (head and buttocks)
26 Sep 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Polygon Wood, "After gaining the final objective at POLYGON WOOD on 26th September, 1917, Lance Corporal DODDS found that all his Officers were casualties, and that the position was critical owing to our left flank being unsupported. Quickly summing up the situation and making good use of ground lance Corporal DODDS took command of all available men (about 25) and built up a line which protected our left flank, in doing which he showed conspicuous ability and gallantry."
30 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 521, 29th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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