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John Percival DALEY

Regimental number1915
Place of birthAlstonville, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStorehouse assistant
AddressAlstoneville, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.25"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister, E. Daley, Esher Holden Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 February 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo name 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Thomas DALEY and the late Agnes DALEY. Born at Alstonville, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 October 1915; taken on strength of 3rd Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 9 January 1916

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 26 July 1916; admitted to No 4 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 July 1916 (gunshot wound, left forearm); transferred to No 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 30 July 1916; to England, 1 August 1916; to War Hospital, Northumberland, 2 August 1916; to No 2 Command Depot, 5 September 1916.

Marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 3 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916.

Rejoined 17th Bn, 11 December 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 30 January 1917.

Killed in action, 4 February 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DALEY John Percival

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