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Douglas Joseph SASSE (1891-1970)

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Douglas Joseph Sasse

Douglas Joseph SASSE,1,2 son of Richard Bourke SASSE (1866-1941) and Mary Ann TICKNER (1869-1944), was born on 14 January 1891 at the BDM District in Goulburn, NSW.1,2,3,4

between 27 August 1914 and 29 January 1919 when aged 23-28 he served in World War I in the 8th Battalion, Field Artilery later being transferred to the 3rd Army Brigade, Australian Field Artillery. He enlisted at Black Boy Hill Camp, WA. applying on 17 August. His service number was 1882 and he attained the rank of Bombadier on 24 February 1916. He claimed the rank of Acting Corporal in letters in 1958 and 1967. He served in Australia, England and France for 4 years and 165 days. He embarked for service abroad on 26 October 1914. He joined the BEP departing from Alexandria on 23 March 1916 and arriving at Marseilles on the 29th. He was awarded the 1914/1915 star, the British War medal and the Victory medal. On 31 March 1967, he applied for the issue of the Anzac Memorial Medallion and Plaque. The application does not appear to have been acted upon.5

On 27 August 1914 Douglas was described as being 5ft 5½ins tall; a weight of 10st 7 lbs (147lbs); chest 34½ - 37 inches with fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair . He had a similar description when he was discharged in 1919.5

Douglas was diagnosed with the medical condition rheumatism. . His military medical record indicates constant treatment, initially for myalgia but later constantly for the rheumatism often described as severe. On 19 February 1942, in a Statutory Declaration to the Military, he advised that "During the first bombing of Darwin by the Japanese, I was an inmate of Darwin Hospital and, under these circumstances, was transported to the rail at Adelaide River ...". No indication is given as to why he was in the hospital but it was probably due to his rheumatism.5,6

Douglas was a tailor . He stated this as his occupation when enlisting for World War I on 17 August 1914. After the war on 8 January 1919, he indicated he was staying in England to "... study in London at a school of my profession and gain my Diploma which I intended to do in 1915 but my country entered a state of war in 1914 and I enlisted, and having gained my Diploma, I want a couple of years London and Continental experience after which I will return to Australia ...".4,7 Before 15 August 1918 he resided at No. 1 Battery, Knock Camp in Heytesbury, Wiltshire. He was living there prior to his marriage.8 He married Alice Florence DAWE on 15 August 1918 at the Baptist Tabernacle Church, Linton Rd in Barking, Suffolk.8,9

on 29 January 1919 they lived at 13 East St in Barking.4,10 He travelled from Sydney, NSW to Perth, Western Australia arriving between 1921 and 1924. He travelled with Alice and their three children Douglas Jnr, Richard and Dennis.

Douglas and Alice Sasse seperated about 1925 and she returned to England with the four children while he remained in Australia.11 On 9 September 1936 Douglas resided at Morrisson St in Cobar, NSW.12 On 24 February 1938 he resided at 19 Woodstock St in Mount Hawthorne, Western Australia.13 On 18 June 1958 he resided at 59 Anstruther Rd in Mandurah, Western Australia.14 On 31 March 1967 he resided at 73 Fremantle Rd in Mandurah.15

Douglas and Alice SASSE had four children :

- Douglas George SASSE (1919 - 2002 b. England)

- Richard Joseph SASSE (1921 - 1986 b. England)

- Dennis John SASSE (1921 - 1984 b. England)

- Jean Mary SASSE (1924 - 1982 b. Subiaco WA). Jean married a man named EVANS

NB : Richard and Dennis were twins.16

Douglas died (aged 79) on 15 October 1970 in Geraldton, Western Australia.17

Citations

1{S0136} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1994), Book : "History of Edward TICKNER and Sarah TOWNER of East Guldeford, Sussex and Camden NSW". Page 65. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0199}, Internet : General. http://warwickmccall.tripod.com/people/p0000071.htm#I4871. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 14205 / 1891
4{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.ozgenonline.com/~warwickmc/people/p00000am.htm#I4872. Cit. Date: 14 August 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
6{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Statutory Declaration - Image 024. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
7{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Application for Discharge in a Country other than Australia - Image 015. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
8{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Military Marriage Certificate - Image 025. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
9{S0243}, Researcher : HENWOOD, Christine re SASSE. Custom Id: SUB005. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Minister ; George E Mitchell, Baptist Minister"
10{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Certificate of Character - Image 018. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
11{S0255}, Researcher : EVANS, Colin re SASSE. Custom Id: SUB014. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Researcher Colin EVANS says "Unfortunately I never met my Grandfather because I understand he and my Grandmother separated, possibly around 1925. .... they were married near London in 1918. After having three sons (including twins) in England they moved to Australia where my mother Jean Mary SASSE (later EVANS) was born in Subiaco W A in 1924 (although I can find no record of her birth anywhere on line). I was always led to believe that my Grandmother Alice came back to England when my mother was one year old and brought the three boys with her as well. Alice and the four children lived in England for the rest of their lives."
12{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Letter - Image 020. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
13{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Letter - Image 028. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
14{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Letter - Image 023; Statutory Declaration - Image 024. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
15{S0480}, Military Record Search : SASSE, Douglas Joseph (0761) (http://www.naa.gov.au/). Letter - Image 013. Cit. Date: 30 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
16{S0255}, Researcher : EVANS, Colin re SASSE. Custom Id: SUB014. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
17{S0243}, Researcher : HENWOOD, Christine re SASSE. Custom Id: SUB005. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

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