Pte - Stretcher Bearer
William Wallace 'Dobbie' Dobson

Informatie over geboorte

Burwood, Victoria

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Burwood, Victoria
Church of England

Informatie legerdienst

Australian Imperial Force
Private - Stretcher Bearer
Service nummer:
Dienstneming datum:
Dienstneming plaats:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australië
 —  Australian Infantry, 7th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
Plaats van overlijden:
Zonnebeke Lake, België
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: XXIX
Rij: C
Graf: 20

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points of interest 2

#1 Dienstneming plaats
#2 'Sterfteplaats'

Mijn verhaal

William Wallace ‘Dobbie’ Dobson, a former labourer, was born in December 1891 in Burnwood, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Thomas Dobson. On July 14, 1915 he enlisted in Doncaster and embarked from Melbourne on board RMS Moldavia on October 5, 1915, with the 6th reinforcement of the 21st Battalion. He later joined the 7th Battalion, part of the 2nd Australian Brigade of the 1st Australian Division.

On the 4th of October 1917 the 1st Australian Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. The Division had to advance on the right of the village of Zonnebeke and had to capture and secure the Broodseinde Ridge and a part of the Passchendaele-Beselare Road. Its attack was carried by two Brigades. The 1st Australian Brigade and 2nd Australian Brigade. The 2nd Australian Brigade firstly attacked with the 8th Battalion. Once they had captured the first objective the 6th and 7th Battalions would move through to the second objective.

The 7th battalion was in positon at about 03.30 a.m. While it lay waiting till the sign to attack the Battalion was frequently shelled. At 05.30 the German artillery laid down a heavy barrage on the rear assembly positions, causing heavy casualties. At the same time the 8th battalion advanced behind a creeping barrage. The 7th battalion left for the old frontline a half an hour later. When crossing the old frontline the 6th and 7th Battalions crowded on the left flank. Both Battalions quickly came under fire from Retaliation Farm, which was eventually taken by the 6th Battalion.

In the meanwhile the 8th Battalion had advanced through the marsh and tree stumps of Romulus and Remus Woods, north of the hamlet of Molenaarelsthoek. They arrived at the first objective, the red line, around 07.15 a.m. At 08.00 a.m. the 7th and 6th Battalions moved through the 8th Battalion and carried on the advance. While going up the ridge the 7th Battalion was now fired upon from a trench position near Celtic Wood and also from distant positions on the Keiberg. The Battalion managed to silence the position and started consolidating the Blue Line round 08.40 a.m.

No counter-attacks were launched and the Battalion kept on holding the line till they were relieved on the 8th of October.

William Wallace, aged 25, was killed in action on October 4, 1917. He was a stretcher bearer and was waiting in a shell hole for the barrage to lift, when a high explosive shell exploded killing him and 3 others instantly. Private Dobson was initially buried where he fell, south of Zonnebeke Lake (28.D.28.a.40.20). His remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Buttes New British Cemetery, Plot 29, Row C, Grave 20.

Bestanden 2

Bronnen 6

"Our Dear Old Battalion, the Story of the 7th Battalion, AIF,1914-1919", Austin R.J.,Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae,Australia,sd, page 192 - 203, page 288-289
Gebruikte bronnen
2nd Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/2/30).
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7th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/24/32).
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Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1064166).
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
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