Wilfred John DOUDLE

Badge Number: S2164, Sub Branch: Port Lincoln
S2164

DOUDLE, Wilfred John

Service Numbers: 714A, 714
Enlisted: 6 December 1916, Enlisted at Adelaide.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Coulta, 20 October 1898
Home Town: Coulta, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor Driver
Died: 25 June 1974, aged 75 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln
Buried in RSL section of cemetery.
Memorials: Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

6 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, Enlisted at Adelaide.
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 714, 8th Machine Gun Company
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 714, 8th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne
6 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, 8th Machine Gun Company, Admitted to Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England with conjunctivitis laryngitis and effects of gas.
19 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, 8th Machine Gun Company, Gassed (classed as wounded).
10 Oct 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, 8th Machine Gun Company, Wounded second occasion.
10 Oct 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, 8th Machine Gun Company, Wounded second occasion.
22 Oct 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, 8th Machine Gun Company, Admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital, Wales, suffering from gunshot wounds to the right arm, shoulder and leg. Actual condition not stated.
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 714A, 43rd Infantry Battalion

Non Warlike Service

31 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 714A, Wounded and discharged. Returned to Australia on hospital ship Wandilla.

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Biography contributed by Thomas Sheehan

Wilfred John Doudle was born on October 20th, 1898 in Coulta, South Australia, to parents William Doudle and Sarah Ellen Puckridge. Before enlisting for World War One, Wilfred lived in Coulta. He was about 1.7 metres tall with a small build prior to the First World War. He had dark brown hair, hazel eyes and was a member of The Church of England. Before the war, Wilfred worked as a motor driver. He grew up in a large family, his siblings being- Cecil Freeman, Raymond William, Wallace Freeman, Phillip Henry, Arthur Collin, Vincent Alec, Anthony Freeman, Hilda Mary and Florence Bertha.


On December 6th, 1916, Wilfred enlisted for World War One at the age of 18 years and one month. In June the next year, Wilfred departed Australia from Melbourne on board the HMAT Suevic A29. When he arrived at war, Wilfred was a private and served on the Western Front, working in the 8th Machine Gun Company in the 43rd Battalion.

About a year after he arrived, on June 6th, 1918, Wilfred was admitted to Southern General Hospital in Birmingham, England with conjunctivitis and suffering the effects of gas. A few months later on October 22nd, Wilfred was admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital in Wales, suffering from gunshot wounds to his right arm, shoulder and leg. He was medically discharged from the army in the following year, and returned to Australia on the hospital ship, Wandilla. On March 31st, 1919, Wilfred arrived back in Australia and successfully recovered from his wounds.

When Wilfred arrived back in Australia, he, along with many other returning soldiers, received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He then went on to marry Allister Isabella Heath and have three children, Patricia, Richard and William.

On June 25th, 1974, Wilfred John Doudle passed away and was buried at Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln in the RSL section of the graveyard. There is a plaque in the Garden of Remembrance dedicated to him.

 

Bibliography

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