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DARTNELL, William Thomas - Lieutenant
- enlisted as Wilbur Taylor Dartnell
- memorial has W. S. Darnell
- born 6 April 1885 in Collingwood, Melbourne, to Henry John DARTNELL, an English-born fruiterer, & Rose Ann HANLEY. He was brought up in Melbourne and after leaving school, he became an actor. At the age of 16 he served in the Second Boer War. He married Elizabeth Edith SMYTH 15 April 1907, at Queen Street, Melbourne & had a daughter. Soon after, they settled at Fitzroy
- served with 25th (Frontiersmen) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
- embarked from England (read bios)
- wife, Elizabeth Edith Dartnell at "Maktau" Phillips Ave, Murrumbeena
- KILLED IN ACTION 3 Sep 1915 Near Maktau, Kenya, East Africa aged 30
- originally buried at Maktau, After the war he was reburied in the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery at Voi cemetery, (160km from) Mombasa on the East African coast. His headstone with the VC emblem lies to the right of the entrance to the Cemetery. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial
* William Thomas Dartnell was only 15 years old when he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1901. He returned to South Africa in 1913 and was working there when war was declared. Using the name Wilbur Taylor Dartnell, he joined the 25th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers, as a temporary lieutenant, and in April 1915 sailed for service in British East Africa
* ... 'Knowing that the enemy's black troops murdered the wounded' he 'insisted on being left behind in the hopes of being able to save the lives of the other wounded men'. Though he was twice asked to leave he ordered his men to abandon him and began firing on the Germans who were within twenty-five yards of his post. When his body was found seven enemy dead lay around it. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for giving his own life in a 'gallant attempt to save others' SEE BATTLE HONOURS
* another bio ... He was awarded the Victoria Cross for giving his own life in a gallant attempt to save others. Dartnell was burried in Voi Cemetery, Kenya. He was survived by his wife and a daughter. The Victoria Cross was presented to Dartnells widow by Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson, The Governor General of Australia, at a private ceremony at Government House, Melbourne, on 7 October 1916. Dartnell's widow attended the Victoria Cross centenary celebrations in London in 1956.
* In 1983 Dartnells Victoria Cross and his four other medals were put up for sale in Sydney and bought by a private buyer who later presented them to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

DARLING, Frederick William Edward - Private 6791A
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DAVIS, Stanley Wyman - Sapper 18351
- born Dec 1894 to Richard W. & Francis Lillian Davis
- he was a Architectural Draughtsman
- served with 5th Divisional Engineers, April Reinforcements
- enlisted at Toorak
- embarked from Sydney 2 Aug 1917 on HMAT Miltiades
- mother, Frances Lilian Davis, 36 Horne St, Elsternwick
- DIED OF PNEUMONIA 28 Sep 1917 at sea on board HMAT Miltiades at 12.15am aged 22 and buried at sea, North Atlantic
- Memorial: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, United Kingdom
* 5' 7", dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair
* ... this man enlisted in October 1916. His papers were lost and so a new attestation paper was made out on 15/11/16 as for this later date. His innoculatoins were done in October 1916
* Stanley's Will was Witnessed & lodged with Miss Ilma Evelyn Galli, 41 Orrong Rd, Elsternwick
* The Argus, 16 Oct 1929 - DAVIS - On the 13th October, Frances Lillian,
loved wife of Richard Davis, mother of Elsie (Mrs Navaretti), Edith (Mrs Dobie), and the late Stanley Wyman Davis
* his sister, Elsie Davis, was a dramatic soprano who married Philip Navaretti in Italy. Philip emigrated to Melbourne from Italy in 1914 (where he had been an official secretary to the Italian consulate, son of Peter Navaretti, the editor of Il Corriete della Sera of Milan). In 1919 Philip had the Caf Bella on the Mornington Peninsula (sold in 1924, the name was later changed)
- there was also a Sydney Warrington DAVIES who served as Private 227 with the 29th and would be a strong possibility for the S. W. Davis as written on the memorial. He was killed in Action in France 24 Oct 1916. His father John Davies of 40 St Vincent St, Albert Park, Melbourne (10km from Caulfield)

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DEER, William Eynon - Private 2627
- embarked from Melbourne
- mother, Mrs Eynon Deer, 37 Barrett St, Albert Park
- KILLED IN ACTION 26 Aug 1916 in France
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DILENA, Richard Paul - Driver 27875
- memorial has R. P. W. Delina
- born 1896 in Lawrence, Victoria (near Smeaton/Creswick) to Antonio 'Anthony' DILENA (1864-1910, parents from Switzerland) & Elizabeth Ann ALLEN (1873-1959)
- a Baker of Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena
- served with 4th Division Ammunition Column Australian Field Artillery
- embarked from Melbourne 20 Oct 1916 on HMAT Borda
- mother, E. A. Dilena of Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena also 24 Moodie St, East Caulfield
- KILLED IN ACTION 28 Sep 1918 in France aged 22
- Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
* 5'4", fresh complexion, blue eyes, medium hair
* The Argus, 28 September 1920 ... DILENA In loving memory of my dear son and our brother, Dick, killed in action on the 28th. September, 1918
"He fought, like others, for the right,
And gave his life one dreadful night;
Away in France, in a soldier's grave,
lies Dick, our hero, so true and brave"
(Inserted by his loving mother and brothers, (Tom (late A.I.F), Will, and Jim)
... DILENA In loving memory of our dear brother Dick, killed in action September 28,1918. He was just an Australian hero. One of God's bravest and best.
- (Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in law, Pauline and Harold Blinkhorn)
... DILENA In loving memory of Driver R. P. Dilena, killed, in action, France, September 28, Ever remembered (Inserted by his uncle, aunt and cousins, Mr and Mrs Tonkin and family)
* Brother Thomas Allen Dilena (1894-1961) Private 6800 was with the 23rd

DENTON, Harry Bengrey - Private 2600
- memorial has F. B. Denton
- embarked from Melbourne 26 Aug 1915 on HMAT Anchises
- wife, Mrs A. Denton, 35 Armstrong St, Middle Park (7km from Caulfield)
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DICKIE, Albert Andrew - Lance Corporal 369
- embarked from Melbourne 21 Oct 1914 on HMAT Orvieto
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DODD, Herbert - Private 361
- embarked from Melbourne 10 May 1915 on HMAT Ulysses
- mother, Mrs Ann Dodd c/0 C. Duns, baker, Rippon Lea ??
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DOWN, Daniel - Private 1705
- embarked from Melbourne 16 July 1915 on HMAT Demosthenes
- wife, Rosina Down, Clarence St, Elsternwick
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DOWNEY, William Robert - Private 1620 ??
- AKA George Arthur Downey
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DOWNIE, William Goodrich - Private 2256 ??
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DREWETT, Richard Clarence - Lance Corporal 523
- born Aug 1891, Richard was a Clerk of Albert Park
- served with 29th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 10 Nov 1915 on HMAT Ascanius
- mother, Mrs T. Drewett, 79 Merton St, Albert Park
- KILLED IN ACTION 26 Sep 1917 in Belgium aged 26
- Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium
* 5' 9", sallow complexion, light brown eyes, black hair

DUNCAN, Edward Stanley - Private 4096
- embarked from Melbourne 7 March 1916 on HMAT Wiltshire
- father, Edward Duncan, 18 Palm St, Caulfield
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DURHAM, Percy Neil - Temporary 2nd Lieutenant
- born 25 June 1876, Percy was a soldier with the Permanent Forces
- served with 37 Infantry Battalion & later the 51st Battalion
- embarked from Melbourne 16 Aug 1916 on RMS Orontes
- wife, Christine Durgam, 409 Punt Rd. Prahan
- he married Christine McHARDY & had a son and a daughter
- DIED of TUBERCULOSIS 22 April 1917 at the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth aged 41
- Plot 11, Row F, Grave 14 Brookwood Military Cemetery, United Kingdom
* promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1916
* admitted to the 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen on 20 Feb 1917 with mild Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital on 9 March 1917 dangerously ill
* - letter to his wife Catherine Durham at "Waterdale" Hobart Rd, Murrumbeena on 21 Sep 1917 ... "Dear Madam, The deceased Officer was buried with full Military Honors. Firing Party comprising 40 members of the South African Regiment under the Command of Lieut Riley were in attendance. There was also a party of about 30 members of the South African Regiment under the command of an Officer who were present as mourners. The 'Last Post' was sounded at the graveside by 3 buglers of the South African Regiment. The coffin was draped with the Australian flag and covered with several floral tributes. Prior to the interment of the deceased officers remains, a Memorial Service was held by Chaplain F. W. Wray in the Chapel in the Brookwood Cemetery. The deceased Officers remains were borne to the graveside by members of the A.I.F., Mr J. McHardy (Father in law of the deceased Officer) of No.13 Norfolk Rd, Gravesend, England, Mr R. C. Overmass (friend) of Axminster, Devon, were present at the funeral. Lieut. C. J. Fegent representing th Administration Headquarters, A.I.F. London was also present. Temporary Memorial is being erected by the Commonwealth Military Authorities"

- embarked from Melbourne 20 Nov 1914 on HMAT Shropshire
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Wilbur Thomas Dartnell
(enlisted as Wilbur Taylor Dartnell)
an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces

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