Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Doust Family to Find Closure over a Lost Son

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Doust Family to Find Closure over a Lost Son

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Byline: Kate Matthews kate.matthews@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S been almost 100 years since a young farmer from Lower Southgate, Private Willie Hilton Doust, enlisted to fight in the First World War.

He fought on the Western Front and was killed in action, aged 20 years, at the historic Battle of Fromelles on July 20, 1916.

With no known grave, Private Doust's remains were not recovered or officially identified - until recently.

After a joint Australian Army and United Kingdom Ministry of Defence project team excavation of a mass burial site near the French town of Fromelles in 2010, DNA was used to solve a century-old mystery.

A relative on his mother's side provided the match. News of the discovery came a day before Anzac Day.

Family historian Judy Walsh (nee Doust) will be among eight members of the Doust family in France in July to attend a ceremony formally identifying Private Willie Doust's gravestone and final resting place in the Pheasant Wood Military Cemetry, Fromelles.

"We look forward to the closure that this ceremony will bring to our family," Mrs Walsh said. …

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