Oswald Rudolf Duldig
Service Number: 6242
Units Served: 10th Battalion
Personal Details: Oswald Rudolf Duldig was born in Worlds End, near Burra, South Australia on the 2nd of November 1893. He was the son of Friedrich and Louise Duldig of World’s End Creek, South Australia
Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 4th of May 1916 at Burra and was posted to the 20th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion, at the age of 22.
Details about his role in War: Oswald embarked from Adelaide on the 28th of August 1916 on the “Anchisis” and disembarks at Plymouth in England on the 11th of October 1916.
After a month’s training in England, Oswald was posted overseas to France onboard the S.S. “Princess Victoria” on the 4th of December 1916 and joined the 10th Battalion on the 29th of December 1916.
On the 25th of February 1917, Oswald receives a gunshot wound to his left thigh, possible during the advance of the Hindenburg Line between the 23rd and 25th of February. A few days later, he is sent back to England for treatment of his wound.
After leaving hospital on the 21st of April 1917 and taking leave, Oswald stays in England for more than a month for more training. Oswald sailed from Southampton on the 10th of June 1917 to Havre, France, where he disembarks the next day. Oswald rejoins the 10th Battalion around the area of the Ypres Salient, Belgium on the 29th of June 1917.
On the 20th of September 1917, Oswald was killed in action. This was the 1st day of the Battle of Menin Road which the 10th Battalion was heavily involved in and suffered many casualties, including Oswald. .
Age at Death: 23
Memorial Details: Menin Gate Memorial
Interesting Material: Received a British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Image from the "Observer" 20th October 1917 sourced through Trove.