|Alfred Doorey Honour Certificate, Library Archives, JCU Library Special Collections|
|Alfred Doorey Honour Cerfiticate - detail|
|Photo of Alfred Doorey, July 1917, Source: State Library of Queensland|
On 2 August 1917, six months after enlistment, 21-year-old Alfred left Sydney for the three month voyage to Britain. Disembarking in Glasgow, he was sent south to the Wiltshire village of Codford, which hosted several large training and transfer camps for soldiers going to the front. Large numbers of ANZACs passed through Codford and Private Doorey may have drawn strength from the giant ANZAC badge which men from the 12th battalion had carved into the chalk of a nearby hill. It is preserved to this day.
In January 1918 Alfred was posted to France where he joined the 25th battalion. Seven months later, on 4 July 1918, he was killed in action in the Battle of Hamel, a joint Australian-American offensive commanded by Lieutenant- General Monash, near the village of Villers-Bretonneux . He was then aged 22.
|Photo of Doorey Street, Railway Estate, Townsville.|
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