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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Dudley Adamson
Name: Adamson, Dudley Playford
Rank: Sapper
Service Number: 20835
Place of Birth: Tanunda (S.A.)
Next of Kin: John August Adamson - Father ; Mount Pleasant, S.A.
Biographical notes: Joined the South Australian Postmaster General's Department in 1909 as a Telegraph messenger. Transferred to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station in 1913 to work as a Telegraphist. Entered a partnership with Bill Heffernan in Ti Tree Station prior to travelling to Adelaide to enlist, but was classified as being in an essential service. Successfully applied for release and enlistment took effect from 17 August 1915 but was later discharged on medical grounds. In March 1917, he registered the brand DTA in Alice Springs. Was the Electoral Registrar in Alice Springs in 1928. Became Postmaster in Alice Springs in 1932, when the new Post office was opened and went to to served a second term as Post Master. He was the nephew of Edward Copley Playford, son of Thomas Playford, and uncle of the Premier of South Australia. Dudley was trustee of the Alice Springs Recreation Reserve from 1937 to 1939, when he left the district.
Occupation: Telegraphist
Date of Enlistment: 17-Aug-1915
Age at Enlistment: 22
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide (S.A.)
Unit: 1st-4th Signal Troops, 10 1917 Reinforcements
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1962-06-29
Place of Death: Croydon (S.A.)
Service History: He enlisted on 17th August 1915 at Kapunda, and was sent to Signals School. He was discharged from Signals School in April 1916 as unfit. He re-enlisted 27 August 1917. He embarked Sydney on board HMAT A38 'Ulysses' on 19 December 1917. He served in the Base Signals Depot and Signals Office Alexandria until August 1918, when he transferred to the 1st. Signals Squadron Mounted Division. He returned to Australia 3 July 1919.
Related link: Northern Territory dictionary of biography edited by David Carment. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
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Unit War Diary
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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