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Harry Walter DUNN

Regimental number17187
Place of birthManly New South Wales
SchoolBalgowlah Public School, West Manly, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address'Hawthorne', Brisbane Street, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Dunn, Brisbane Street, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceBadly wounded in head, admitted to Tankerton Hospital, England, 24 November 1917, there till March 1918, returned to France, won MM three weeks before his fatal wound.
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameReinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Rouge Croix near Caestre on the night of 16-17 May 1918.'
Recommendation date: 23 May 1918

FateDied of wounds 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingDied from wounds,No 1 Casualty Clearing Station
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialLonguenesse (St. Omer) Couvenir Cemetery (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 42), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Manly West Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: John and Emily Jane (d. 9 November 1935, aged 75; bu. Manly West Cemetery) DUNN, Edwin Street, Manly, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at ROUGE CROIX, near CAESTRE, on the night of 16th/17th May, 1918. The Battery position was being heavily shelled and a direct hit obtained on a gun, completely destroying it. The camouflage caught fire, and the ammunition in the pit and dump adjoining was also set alight. The glare of the fire drew an increased rate of enemy fire. Regardless of the danger from the enemy shells which continued throughout, this N.C.O. and men at once proceeded to the pit and got the fire under control. They showed great courage and their act prevented the destruction of further ammunition and stores.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2134 Lance Corporal John Alfred DUNN, 1st Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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