DOOLIN, Edward and Raymond

Edward and Raymond were sons of Edward and Louisa Doolin of Howell NSW. When Raymond enlisted at Inverell in August 1915, he was a twenty-year-old Labourer and had been working for Stirton Bros. at Auburn Vale near Inverell. He joined the 1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement which sailed from Australia for Egypt on HMAT A60 Aeneas in December 1915. After transfer to the 54th Battalion he was sent to France in June 1916. During September 1917 he was wounded in action, then three months later was sent to England for treatment for trench feet. He returned to France in May 1918, was wounded, and invalided back to England for treatment at 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth. He returned to Australia and was medically discharged in June 1919.

Edward enlisted at Prahran, Victoria in March 1916, when he was twenty-six years old. He joined the 37th Battalion, C Company and sailed from Australia for England on HMAT A34 Persic in June 1916. He was sent to France in September and joined the 5th Battalion as a reinforcement. Due to illness (Trench feet), he was sent to England for treatment in December 1916. Edward went back to France in June 1917 and was detached for duty with the 1st Division Salvage Company. He returned to Australia and was medically discharged in September 1919. After the War he lived in the Tingha district until his death at Inverell in 1960.

Edward and Raymond have their names recorded on the Howell Public School Roll of Honour and Raymond’s name is also on the Inverell Honor Roll. Their brother Joseph also served during the War.