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Ralph Dorschel DOUGHTY

Regimental number193
Place of birthStratford, New Zealand
SchoolStratford Public School, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Craignathan', Hayes Street, Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, W M Doughty, Broadway, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in 'H' Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery; left on completion of service.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 12 March 1916


Promotion date: 13 June 1916

FateDied of wounds 25 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialCoxde Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No 20), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Mamby and Susanna DOUGHTY, Stratford, New Zealand

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as Forward Observing Officer. He sent back most valuable information, and was responsible for bringing artillery fire to bear on the enemy at a critical time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 20 June 1915.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 20 June 1915; promoted Provisional Corporal, 20 June 1915.

Admitted to 11th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1915 (pyrexia), and transferred to Hospital Ship; rejoined unit, 5 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 3 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, Tel El Kebir, 12 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 9th Battery, 12 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 13 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 18 November 1916 (buried by shell: concussed, head and shoulder), and admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 26, 19 November 1916, and admitted to No 8 General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 21 November 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 22 November 1916. Discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 December 1916.

Marched out to Reserve Brigade, Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 21 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 January 1917; rejoined 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 9 February 1917.

Awarded Military Cross.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 23 July 1917 (gun shot wound, abdomen), and admitted to 91st Field Ambulance.

Died of wounds, 25 July 1917.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOUGHTY Ralph Dorschel

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