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Regimental number649
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMarine fireman
Address113 Cardigan Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 2.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Arthur Horsefield, 113 Cardigan Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'

Red Cross File No 930202 has statement from 2049 J. HANLEY, 30th Bn (patient, Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, England), 20 November 1916: 'Informant states that on July 20th, 1916 at Fleur Baix J. Dobbie was shot through the head and killed whilst trenching. Informant was eye witness.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOBBIE James
Red Cross file 930202

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