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Reginald Walker DOVEY

Regimental number411
Place of birthSubiaco, Perth, Western Australia
SchoolJolimont School, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlbert Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, F. Dovey, Albert Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Reginald Walter Dovey on NR
Place of death or woundingHousel
Age at death21.9
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row E, Grave No. 3), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick Henry and Elanor A.J. DOVEY, 171 Albany Road, Victoria Park, Western Australia. Born at Subiaco, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 28 April 1915; admitted to HS 'Devanha', 6 May 1915 (gunshot wound, buttock); transferred to No 2 General Hospital, Cairo, 6 May 1915; transferred to Base Details, Cairo, 27 May 1915.

Rejoined 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 June 1915.

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Alexandria, 2 July 1915 (defective eyesight); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 5 August 1915.

Embarked Alexandria, 22 August 1915; rejoined 16th Bn, Mudros, 13 September 1915.

Rejoined 16th Bn, 8 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 30 December 1915.

Tranferred to, and taken on strength of 4th Machine Gun Company, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 3 June 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 22 August 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 7 September 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 7 September 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 27 January 1917; transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 27 January 1917 (venereal disease); to No 39 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 January 1917; to No 10 Ambulance Train, 29 January 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Boulogne, 30 January 1917; to No 51 General Hospital, 30 January 1917; discharged to Base Details, 19 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 52 days.

Rejoined 4th Machine Gun Company, 25 April 1917.

Detached to Machine Officers Cadet Bn, England, 26 August 1917; promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 19 December 1917, and to attend Machine Gun Course, Grantham.

Admitted to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 December 1917; discharged to duty, 4 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 26 March 1918; marched into Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 26 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 1 April 1918; rejoined 4th Machine Gun Company, 4 April 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 10 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOVEY Reginald Walker

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