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Regimental number5039
Place of birthWishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland
OccupationRailway fireman
AddressMidland Junction, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr T. Dalziel, The Crescent, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Previous military service8th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (3 years, discharge granted for emigration)
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 April 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Marshall and Jeanie Thomson DALZIEL, The Crescent, Midland Junction, Western Australia. Born at Wishaw, Scotland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 31 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 24 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 May 1915; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 June 1916; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 June 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 26 July 1916; taken on strength of 11th Bn, in the field, 29 July 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private, the same day.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 11 December 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 11 February 1917 (influenza); to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 12 February 1917; to No 18 General Hospital, Etaples, 14 February 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 18 February 1917; discharged, 28 February 1917, and marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 8 March 1917; rejoined 11th Bn, 11 March 1917.

Killed in action, 15 April 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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