Julius Emile (Dooley) CAMPRADT

CAMPRADT, Julius Emile

Service Number: 3815
Enlisted: 20 January 1917, Ipswich, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Clermont, Queensland, Australia, 11 March 1890
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Gas poisioning, Brisbane, Queensland, 3 March 1927, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
Grave Location: Portion 26/Section 10/Grave 4; Buried with his-Wife: Kathleen Campradt.
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World War 1 Service

20 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3815, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Ipswich, Queensland
13 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3815, 4th Pioneer Battalion
13 Jun 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3815, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
24 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3815, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Discharged (Medical); 24/10/1919, [1st M.D.] 1st Medical District-Brisbane, Queensland; (NAA, Pg-28).

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THE LATE PRIVATE CAMPRADT - Service Number: 3815

I am the granddaughter of Julius Emile (‘Dooley’) Campradt, Judith Ann Smith (nee Campradt). My father, Bernard Henry Campradt, was the 2nd eldest of three sons born to Julius and Kathleen Campradt.

Julius was born on 11 March 1890 in Emerald QLD, and was married to Kathleen, where they lived in Ipswich, Queensland. They had one child, John Leo(1912), at the time of his enlistment in 1917.

Julius joined up later in the conflict, on 20 January 1917 at the age of 26 years, and was assigned to the 10th Reinforcements, 4th Pioneer Battalion, 4th Division AIF. He shared a close relationship with his cousin, John Patrick Coleman (Service Number: 3822), and they signed up on the same day, and both served in the 4th Pioneers.

They departed from Sydney, Australia on 13 June 1917 on board the HMAT Hororata and disembarked in Liverpool, England on 26 August 1917. For the remainder of 1917 Julius undertook his military training, and was stationed in Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England.

On the 24 January 1918 he departed for Le Havre, France (located on the English Channel). For the next 9 months he served with his battalion in various locations in France, and took leave in the UK in October of that same year.

On 23 November 1918 he returned to France for demobilisation duties. In March 1919 he was detached to the Unit 4th Division Football Team (Australian Rules).

On 29 March 1919 he went on leave to Brussels, Belgium before returning to duties in early April. From early to mid-April in 1919 his Battalion cleared all German explosives from the Biesme, Fromie, and Gougnies areas.

On 16 April 1919 his Battalion left on a route march to Chatelineau, Chatelet, via Goughnies. On 4 June 1919 he was finally transferred to England, UK.

[When enlisting it was noted on his medical records that he had a web foot – first two toes on his left foot. A ‘Medical Report on an Invalid’ (dated 9 September 1919) reported he had Rheumatism in his left foot. He was subsequently discharged as unfit for general service on 24 September 1919.]

He returned to Australia, leaving England aboard the HMAT Takada on 18 July 1919. He arrived in Australia on 9 September 1919 and was officially discharged from the AIF on 24 October 1919.

After returning to Brisbane he and his wife Kathleen had two more sons, Bernard Henry (1920) and Stephen Vincent (1922). Julius died at the age of 36 years, in Brisbane on the 3 March 1927 from illness.