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any SOLDIER known to have died as a POW is indicated by *

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 Dartnell?s 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
- this soldier to be added

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)

- this soldier to be added

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
the bio for this soldier to be added

DELENA, Richard Paul
see DILENA below

DENTON, Edmund Bengrey - Gunner 30527
- memorial has F. B. Denton
called himself Edmund BENGREY-DENTON
- born in Prahran, March 1891 to George DENTON & Alice Mary BENGREY of 61 Halstead St, Caulfield
- attended Wesley College, Victoria
- served with the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 8th Reinforcements
- next of kin: his father George Denton, c/o R. G. Ebbott (son-in-law), Halstead St, Caulfield
- KILLED IN ACTION 20 Sep 1918 in France aged 27.6
- Grave 11, Row B at Hancourt British Cemetery
PARENTS MARRIAGE: The Argus, 31 July 1877 DENTON-BENGREY ? On the 25th inst., at the Wesleyan Church, Mount Erica, by the Rev. W. L. Binks, George, eldest son of George Denton, of Prahran, to Alice Mary, only daughter of the late George Bengrey, also of Prahran. Home papers please copy.
SISTER: Alice Elizabeth Bengrey Denton married George Reginald Ebbott in 1911
* Ernest Bengrey Denton, Sergeant 20161, was an Accountant in Malvern, Victoria
* Harry Bengrey Denton, Private 2600 was a Bank Clerk in Middle Park, Victoria
* Frank Bengrey Denton, not known to serve, was born in Prahran in Jan 1887, married Margaret Millicent BUNN in 1912 & died in Nov 1961 in East Melbourne
* George Bengrey Denton, married Effie Lavinia WORRALL in 1906

DICKIE, Albert Andrew 'Bertie' - Lance Corporal 369
- born June 1894 in Mildura to Joshua 'Joe' DICKIE (1869-1915) & Mary Katie Ann ALDERWICK (1873-1949)
- Bertie was a Salesman
- next of kin, mother of Nicholls Rd, Ormond & 63 Orrong Road, Armadale
- 5' 6", fair hair, grey eyes
- served with the 5th Battalion, E Company
- embarked from Melbourne 21 Oct 1914 on HMAT Orvieto
- KILLED IN ACTION 26 April 1915 at Gallipoli Peninsula
- The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 24), Gallipoli, Turkey
Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser, 22 June 1915 BERT DICKIE - Last week it was our painful duty to record the death of a former resident of Rutherglen, Mr J. Dickie. To-day we have to record that his son "Bert" has been killed in action. Bert will be remembered by many of the lads in Rutherglen as one who everybody liked; he took a great interest in his drill her with the cadets. When in Melbourne he was attached to the 49th Prahran Infantry, as signaller, and when war was declared his officer told him that he was wanted at the front. Bert at once went and enlisted and has now given his life for his King and country. Our sympathy is extended to Mrs Dickie in her double bereavement. Pte. Dickie was a member of the Rechabite Order, and would have been 21 years of age next month.
The Argus, 23 June 1915
DICKIE - A loving tribute to the memory of Lance-Corporal A. A. Bert Dickie, killed in action, Dardanelles.
"The spirit, like a peaceful dove,
Flies from the realms of noise and strife,"
- (Inserted by Mrs. W. J. North, Hawksburn, Mt. Erica S. S.)
DICKIE - A tribute of love to the memory of our dear comrade (Bert) L.- Corp. A. A. Dickie, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles.
- (Inserted by members of Mt. Erica Y. M. Gymnastic Club.)
... On the 7th June, 1915, at Alfred Hospital, Joshua (late of Government Printing Office), dearly beloved husband of Mary Dickie, of Nichol-street, Ormond, and beloved father of Lance-Corporal A. A. Dickie, Leslie and Percy, youngest son of Susan Dickie; aged 46 years.
... The deceased was a resident of Rutherglen for about 8 years and worked for Mr G. G. Nevill at the " Miner" Newspaper Office. Recently he worked at the Government Printing Office, Melbourne. He leaves a widow and three sons to mourn their loss. Deceased was 48 years o! age.
Walter Thomas Dickie (1896-before 1915)
Lily Muriel Dickie (1900-1906)
Percy Baden Devine Dickie (1906-1976)
Leslie Joseph Dickie (1909-1997)

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
BROTHER: Thomas Allan Dilena, Private 6800, served with the 23rd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement

DODD, Herbert - Private 361
- embarked from Melbourne 10 May 1915 on HMAT Ulysses
- mother, Mrs Ann Dodd c/0 C. Duns, baker, Rippon Lea ??
the bio for this soldier to be added

DOWN, Daniel - Private 1705
- embarked from Melbourne 16 July 1915 on HMAT Demosthenes
- wife, Rosina Down, Clarence St, Elsternwick
the bio for this soldier to be added

DOWNEY, William Robert - Private 1620 ??
- AKA George Arthur Downey
- this soldier to be added

DOWNIE, William Goodrich/Goodrick - Gunner 2256
- born in Auburn, Victoria in Dec 1888 to Albert John DOWNIE & Catherine DOWNIE
- he attended Toorak State School
- William was a Motor man of Marlborough Street, Caulfield (also of Toorak)
- he married Ruby Emma CHALBERS (1888-1939) in Toorak in 1909
- 5' 9", dark grey hair, blue eyes
- he served with the 8th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Devision
- he embarked from Melbourne 18 Sep 1916 on 'Karroo'
- his next of kin was his wife Ruby Emma Downie of 9 Harvey Street, Malvern.
- KILLED IN ACTION in the Belgium 4 Oct 1917 aged 29
- buried Polygon Wood
- The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
* eye witness accounts:
... I was told by Corporal Korcy on the 6th Oct when we were with the Battery at Passchendaele that he went out in charge of a party to put down telephone wires near Zonnebeke on the 4th Oct of which Party Downie was one. As they were returning, Downie was a little way behind. A shell burst and looking round they saw Downie lying dead. A heavy barrage then began from the Germans, so they rushed back to the battery leaving Downie. His body was never recovered. The infantry made an attack on that line but had to come back, so that Downie would be left in No Man's Land. I knew Downie well, he was a quiet chap, sharp featured, fair haired, slight build, clean shaven. He came from Melbourne at the time of enlistment he worked on the Malvern (Victoria) tramway system with my brother. Downie was the only man out of our own battery that we never buried. - Driver F. L. Hall, 19915
... Bill Downie was in the 31st Battery and was a signaller; he was killed in October at Ypres. He was rather sick at the time but he volunteered to go to keep up communication as the infantry advanced. One signaller went from each battery with an officer. None of them came back but we learnt that they were killed.
... I knew Downie, he and Gunner J. Roberts were mates. Downie volunteered to go over in place of another man so as to be with Roberts, they were in the Signallers.
NOTE William signed his name William GoodricH Downie. He wrote his Will on 1 July 1917 bequeathing all to his wife Ruby Emma Downie of Marlborough St., Caulfield
They had sons, Roy Charles Benjamin (1909-1984) & William Albert 'Bill' (1913-1990, Agricultural Scientist) Downie and a daughter, Jean Milton Downie
Ruby changed her address in 1920 to 'Cora Lynn' Swan Walk, Chelsea but she died in Heidelberg, Victoria and buried in the Box Hill Cemetery The Argus, 2 Nov 1939 DOWNIE - On the 1st November, Emma, loved wife of the late William Goodrich Downie and loving mother of Roy, Jean and Bill

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
bio for this soldier to be added

the DUNN on the memorial
- embarked from Melbourne 20 Nov 1914 on HMAT Shropshire

DUNN, Cyril Edmund Andrew - Private 3058
the memorial has C. E. Dunn
- born 1896 to Samuel and Helen Bell DUNN
- attended Brighton Road State School, St Kilda & Stott Burner's College
- Cyril was a Bank Clerk of St Kilda
- served in the Cadets & Citizen Military Forces then enlisted 11 Dec 1916
- next of kin was his father at Melby Avenue, East St Kilda
- he served with the 38th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements & embarked from Melbourne 19 Feb 1917 on the 'Ballarat'. He was Troopship 'Ballarat' when torpedoed, Anzac Day 1917.
- KILLED IN ACTION 31 August 1918 in Clery-Sur-Somme, France aged 22
- Grave 10, Row E, Plot II at Hem Farm Military Cemetery


DUNN, George Ambrose - Private 3294
- born Jan 1895 in Richmond 1896 to ? & Annie Dunn
- attended Searesby State School
- George was a Labourer
- 5' 6", dark brown hair, blue eyes
- served with the 6th Australian Infantry Battalion (from the 11th)
- next of kin was his widowed mother at 7 Carrington Grove, East St Kilda
- enlisted in Melbourne 26 July 1915 & embarked from Adelaide 11 Oct 1915 on the 'Nestor'
- wounded in action in France 26 July 1916
- on 11 July 1917 George declined to write a Will
- DIED OF HIS (chest) WOUNDS 21 Sep 1917 in No.2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium aged 19 or 21
- Plot 19, Row A, Grave 19A Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
NOTE his mother Annie was unable to collect the Memorial Plaque and sent Catherine Dunn on her behalf in March 1923

the DUNN NOT on the memorial
DUNN, Arthur Silvester - Trooper 702
- served as J. S. PALMER
- born St Kilda, 1892 to William G. & Caroline DUNN, 54 Narong Road, Caulfield
- Arthur was an Electrical Engineer
- enlisted from 27 Edsall St., Malvern
- served with 8th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinfrocements
- listed his next of kin as his mother, Mrs S, Palmer, 27 Edsall Street, Malvern
- embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A26 'Armadale' 12 Feb 1915
- KILLED IN ACTION 7 August 1915 at Gallipoli aged 22
- no known grave, The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 6), Gallipoli
The Argus, 9 Sep 1915 PRIVATE ARTHUR SILVESTER DUNN, third son of Mr and Mrs W. G. Dunn, of 54 Narong road, Caulfield, was killed on August 7. He was 22 years of age, and formerly in the employ of the Melbourne Electric Light and Supply Company. Prior to enlistment, Private Dunn served three years in the Australian Field Artillery, and left Australia with the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Dunn (Private William Dunn) is at present in camp at the Showgrounds.
* Albert Munro DUNN, Private 69013, served with the 15th General (Victorian) Reinforcements. He enlisted from 54 Narong Rd, Caulfield and embarked from Sydney 7 Nov 1918 on the 'Carpentaria'
* William McLean DUNN, Private 4951, served 3 years with the 51st. He enlisted from Caulfield 15 July 1915, embarked from Melbourne 7 March 1916 on the 'Wiltshire' and returned to Australia 13 April 1919

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 the Administration Headquarters, A.I.F. London was also present. Temporary Memorial is being erected by the Commonwealth Military Authorities"

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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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