John William Springthorpe

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First name: John

Middle name: William

Last name: Springthorpe

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Lieutenant-Colonel J.W. Springthorpe, a physician of Melbourne, Victoria was born in Stafford, England. He was 60 years when he embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A55 Kyarra, 28 Nov. 1914. He was Senior Physician at 2nd Australian General Hospital in Egypt in 1915. In January 1916 he accompanied wounded soldiers to Melbourne, returning to Egypt later in 1916. He went to England 16 Oct. 1916 to work in English hospitals and study treatment of war neuroses cases. He returned to Australia on HT Nestor, 12 Dec. 1918 and was demobilised in Melbourne in 1919

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.
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