Francis Tullan Kendall Dodds

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Francis Tullan Kendall Dodds
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 27 Jan 1909
Place of Birth Berwick-on-Tweed, England
Death 21 Jun 1981, aged 72
Place of Death Maddington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 31 years, 7 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 143lbs
64.864 kg
; blue eyes ; fair hair ; scar on left leg
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Kelvin road Maddington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs. Annie Noon Skelton
Military Information
Reg Number WX27822
Date of Enlistment 5 Sep 1940
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 11th Australian Infantry Battalion (City of Perth Regiment)
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 25 Nov 1944 ‒ 3 Dec 1944
Transport Details USAT Jane Addams Darwin to Jacquinot Bay
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 12 Jan 1945 ‒ 17 Jan 1945
Transport Details HMT Duntroon Jacquinot Bay to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument(s) Byford WW2 Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

Original enlistment was in the CMF on 5 Sep 1940 as W7067, a Private in the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion (City of Perth Regiment) based at the Melville camp. He had had a period of part time service followed his call up on full time duty on 17 Dec 1941. He was granted leave without pay until 23 Feb 1942. Francis enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 25 Jun 1942, and on 27 Aug 1942 he was reclassified as a Trade Group II Cook. Between 11 Oct 1942 and 4 Dec 1942 Francis attended a Cooking Course and when he rejoined the battalion on 20 Dec 1942 he was promoted to Corporal.

From 21 Jan 1943 until 3 Mar 1943 Francis attended a Cooking Course in Geelong, graduating as a Class I Cook returning in time to be sent (after some leave) on 3 Apr 1943 to Wayville in South Australia before en-training again on 8 Apr 1943 for the Northern Territory where he rejoined his battalion on 17 Apr 1943. A year later, on 15 May 1944 Francis was promoted to Acting Sergeant, and the next day, on 16 May 1944 he was evacuated to the 107th Australian General Hospital with pleurisy, rejoining the battalion on 26 May 1944. His rank of Sergeant was confirmed on 16 Aug 1944.

ON 25 Nov 1944 he embarked with the unit in Darwin aboard USAT Jane Addams for Jacquinot Bay on the south coast of New Britain, disembarking there on 3 Dec 1944. On 7 Jan 1945 Francis was transferred on paper to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot. He embarked on HMT Duntroon in Jacquinot Bay on 12 Jan 1945, disembarking in Brisbane on 17 Jan 1945, and was discharged on 5 Feb 1945.

Post War

In 1950 Francis married Annie Gordin.
Electoral Roll entrie: 1949 in Weston street, Maddington; 1954 at 47 Stead street, Maddington; 1963 - 1969 at Weston street Maddington , 1972 - 1980 back at Stead street.


Included as the closest match to F Dodds on the Byford WW2 Honour Roll.

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