Frederick Dudley Weedon Oatley

in College 1903-06; son of the late Frederick Augustus Oatley, and Emily Alice Oatley; at school at Shore and King’s; pastoralist Umeralla, Cooma; married Andree Adelaide Kaeppel, 1907.

Lieutenant-Colonel, 56th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF; died in Sydney, from complications following gassing in France, 28 March 1919, aged 34.

Obituary in The Pauline, by Jerry Portus, Rhodes Scholar:

“Dud” Oatley came up as a fresher with me in 1903. He was one of the band of enthusiasts who, in 1905, under the leadership of Norman George, revived the S.U.D.S. … “Dud” went on with this thespian business for the rest of his stay at the Varsity, and what a useful man he was to the society – not only in front of the audience, but in the long and thankless business of preparation. …

[H]e and I were together in the Paul’s boat of 1905, when we just managed to squeeze a win from Andrew’s by half a canvas in the teeth of a howling westerly, which sank the John’s boat half-way along the course. I think “Dud,” who was a very useful oar, rowed again for the College after I left.

… I saw him in February, at Leura. He was thin and ill, but we thought he had turned the corner, and was on the way to regain his old strength. For about two hours I chatted with him one afternoon. I don’t think I have ever met a more interesting returned man. He used to be a shy, nervous, handsome boy, very light-hearted, but with no very wide range of interests. Here was a sage and matured man, full of sensible reflections on his experience, and exhibiting that touch of sureness which a successful handling of other men always seems to bring. He very gently corrected my hasty civilian blunderings about military things, put into proper perspective the notions I had gathered from other returned men, and commented shrewdly on the course of world politics from a point of view that was new to me. I came away much humbler and full of the hope that I would see him and profit by him in the future. But it was not to be. He had been too hard hit, and shortly afterwards he passed from among us to join those others of our old men who have made the great sacrifice. Paul’s may well be proud of Oatley, and we Paul’s men will only forget at our peril that he left us a national obligation as well as a proud memory.

There is also an obituary, with a photograph, in Hermes, the student magazine, October 1919, p. 119.