David Dickson Waddell

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David Dickson Waddell
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1890
Place of Birth Isle of Bute, Scotland
Death 6 Aug 1916
Place of Death Poziéres, France
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 3 months
Description 5'3½" (1.61m) tall ; 121 lbs
54.885 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Presbyterian
Address Keysbrook Siding, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr David Waddell
Military Information
Reg Number 4019
Date of Enlistment 24 Aug 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 12th Reinforcements / 4th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Dec 1915 ‒ ? Jan 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A31 Ajana
Fate Killed in Action 6 Aug 1916 Poziéres area
Monument Keysbrook Roll of Honour
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 24 Aug 1915, and on 16 Oct 1915 he was allocated to the 12th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, and travelled with them to Egypt.

On 15 Jan 1916 David was admitted to the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital in Abbassia, and was discharged to duty with the Overseas Base at Ghezireh on 17 Mar 1916. Ineffective service was 62 days. Six days later he was transferred to Zeitoun, and on 2 Apr 1916 he was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion at Serapeum.

The battalion proceeded to join the B.E.F. from Alexandria on 1 Jun 1916, arriving in Marseilles aboard HMT Canada on 9 Jun 1916.

On 6 Aug 1916 the men from the 16th Battalion were on carrying duties for the 6th, 7th and 12th Brigades who were manning the front lines near Poziéres between the attack on German lines, there and at Mouquet Farm.

  • Villers-Bretonneux memorial 2015 photo L. Reynolds
  • Section of 16th Battalion panels 2015 photo L. Reynolds


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