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William DACEY

Regimental number91
Place of birthEnoggera, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCarpenter
AddressVictoria Barrcks, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Dacey, Seventh Avenue, Windsor, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Australian Field Artillery; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date23 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For setting a splendid example to all and an utter disregard for his own personal safety near Borre on the 28 April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 18 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Near BORRE on the 29th April, 1918, when the Battery position was heavily shelled and the Battery Commander badly wounded, the personnel were ordered to withdraw to a flank, Sergeant DACEY who was in charge of the telephone exchange, remained at his post and kept up communication. By his heroic attention to duty he kept two Batteries in communication with Brigade Headquarters and he was able to ask Battalion Headquarters for medical assistance and ambulance to be sent at once for wounded. He showed an utter disregard for his own personal safety and set a splendid example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date21 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset', 12 December 1918; arrived Brisbane, 15 January 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 21 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 November 1954
Place of burialLutwyche Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, DACEY William

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