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George Olaf DUNNER

Regimental number1295
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
SchoolWarrnambool State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGeneral printer
AddressKelp Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinC Dunner, Kelp Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
Previous military serviceHe served for three years in the Field Artillery Warrnambool and rose to the rank of Sergeant prior to enlisting.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A27 Southern on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDunner enlisted on 15th August 1914 just after the outbreak of the War and served 2 years 4 months before he met his death. He first went to Egypt, was at the landing at Gallipoli and was one of the last to leave that Peninsula at the evacuation. Later he went to France where he died of wounds.
FateDied of wounds 23 January 1917
Place of death or woundingGinchy Corner, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
18
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Herman and Christina DUNNER, Kelp Street, Warnambool, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin of Pte Albert Roberts 1811 6th Battalion who was killed in France.

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