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|Name:||Maplestone, Philip Alan|
|Place of Birth:||Melbourne (Vic.)|
|Next of Kin:||L.M. Maplestone – Sister; McIntyre Street, Hamilton, Vic.|
|Biographical notes:||Born in Victoria to Henry and Lucy Maplestone on 13 August 1885 and gained his first medical qualification in Melbourne in 1908. He arrived to work as a doctor in Pine Creek on June 1913, but resigned and left for the war in December 1914. On 8 April 1920, Major Maplestone notified the Army that he was based at the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in Townsville, Queensland, where he became the Director. Moved to UK where he gained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool in 1924. Married Isobel Alice Collins of Gisborne, Victoria on 12 May 1924 in London. On 12 March 1926 he and his wife announced the birth of their son in Kenya. He and his wife were registered to vote in the Subdivision of South Yarra, Melbourne (Vic.) in 1943 and again in Tasmania in the same year. They worked in Tasmania until 1949, returning to Victoria by the 1954 election. Dr Maplestone died in 13 July 1969.|
|Date of Enlistment:||2-Feb-1915|
|Age at Enlistment:||30|
|Unit:||6th Field Ambulance, Officers|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Date of Death:||1970-03|
|Place of Death:||Melbourne (Vic.)|
|Honours and Awards:||Mention in despatches|
Distinguished Service Order
|Service History:||Maplestone's unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A31 'Ajana' on 4 June 1915. He was awarded DSO on 17 November 1917 for his service in charge of stretcher bearers when under heavy fire. Returned to Australia per HT 'Berrima' on 6 September 1919 and was discharged on 13 January 1920.|
|Related link:||"Justice of the Peace", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 11 May 1913: p.4.|
Australian War Memorial : Photograph
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 26 October 1918: p.28.
Unit War Diary
Gallipoli doctors by Robert Likeman. McCrae, (Vic.) : Slouch Hat Publications, 2010: p.197-198.
"Send off for Dr. Maplestone", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 14 January 1915: p.12.
"Medical officer at Pine Creek", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 11 May 1913: p.4.
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.53.
Distinguished Service Order
Embarkation Roll - HMAT A31 'Ajana'
Mention in despatches
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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