Douglas Campbell Wills Winning

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Douglas Campbell Wills Winning
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Oct 1895
Place of Birth Broughtferry, Scotland
Death 4 Jun 1963, aged 67
Place of Death South perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 11 months ?
Description 5' 4¾" (1.64m) tall ; 127 lbs
57.606 kg
; ruddy complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Orchardist
Religion Presbyterian
Address 'Dunkeld Farm', Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Douglas Campbell Winning
Military Information
Reg Number 1296
Date of Enlistment 10 Sep 1914
Rank Private
Unit/Formation Field Ambulance 4, Section C; transferred to 12th Field Ambulance and then 16th Battalion 3rd Reinforcements
Date of Embarkation 31 Dec 1914 ‒ ? 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A31 Ajana
Date of Return 7 Nov 1919 ‒ 19 Dec 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A74 Marathon
Fate Wounded in Action 9 May 1918 Somme region
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Bedfordale panel)
Bedfordale Roll of Honour
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Within a month of entering camp he was assigned to the 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance as a Driver.

In Egypt he joined the troops embarking for Gallipoli, and on 15 Jul 1915 was admitted to the 17th General Hospital with fevers. On 22 Jul 1915 he was transferred to the Overseas Base Unit rather than returning to Gallipoli, and on 25 Nov he was transferred to Maadi from Alexandria.

He had one AWOL period in 1915, after which he was transferred to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance. In March 1916 he was hospitalised with mumps, and on recovering returned to Abbassia where he was again AWOL in May 1916. Soon after he fractured his arm falling off a bike while on leave in Malta which resulted in him being evacuated to England, arriving on 3 Jul 1916.

In Nov 1916 he was Court Martialled for a lengthy AWOL offence, and was sentenced to a 1 year term of imprisonment - on review, four months were remitted by the reviewing officer. He was Court Martialled again in Oct 1917 when he was given a 7 month sentence, with 4 months again remitted. Several other AWOL offences, along with several visits to Bulford Hospital for treatment for venereal disease followed.

He was transferred to the 16th Battalion on 6 Dec 1917 while in custody and released on 10 Jan 1918, but admitted to Bulford Hospital on 12 Jan 1918 for further treatment.

Proceeded overseas via Southampton from the 13th Training Battalion on 19 Mar 1918 to join the 16th Battalion.

On 9 May 1918 he received a minor shrapnel wound to his right shoulder, as his unit came out of the line near Villers-Bretonneux, but he was able to remain with the unit after treatment.

Numerous other AWOL charges are listed, but later, at the time of his marriage, he was given 6 months leave in the UK to train with an Electrical Engineer from Mar to Sep 1919.

Discharged 5th Military District 6 Jan 1920.

"...enlisted 5th September, 1914, and sailed on the 31st December 1914, with the 4th Field Ambulance of the Australian Army Medical Corps. Served in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France, and is now recovering in England from injuries received."[1] [At this stage he was in prison, and had not yet been wounded.]

Post War

Married Helena Mary Farley from Sutton Veny on 24 Mar 1919. Children (9 Mar 1920 daughter Isabel E; 27 Mar 1924 daughter Esther Mary; and son Douglas C M (Jnr) d. 1973 aged 38.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 electrician living with Helena at 255 Hay street, East Perth; 1931 at 91 Rupert street, Subiaco; 1936 - 1937 at 70 Shakespeare street, Balkatta; 1943 at 72 Eric street, Claremont; 1949 - 1963 at 22 Bourke street South Perth; Helena remained at Bourke street until sometime between 1968 and 1972 when she was at 90 Crellin way, Cloverdale. Helena died 27 Nov 1986 aged 85 in Cloverdale.


  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 8. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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