Brian Coldin Antill Pockley

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First name: Brian

Middle name: Coldin Antill

Last name: Pockley

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Brian Coldin Antill Pockley, medical practitioner of North Sydney, was appointed Captain in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 18 Aug. 1914. He was the first Australian officer to be killed in action during World War I, when going to the aid of W.G.V. Williams, who became the first Australian serviceman to die, at Bita Paka, Rabaul 11 Sept. 1914.

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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