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William Wallace Robert DUNN

Regimental number996
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationField surveyor
AddressFimiston, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.25"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M.J. McNaught, Lake View Consols, Fimiston, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBoulder, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 12), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
175
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert James and Margaret Jane DUNN, husband of S. DUNN, 203 Crow Road, Broom Hill, Glasgow, Scotland. Native of Ballarat, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 September 1915.

Evacuated to hospital, 18 November 1915; admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 19 November 1915, and transferred to No 13 Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, the same day (jaundice); to HS 'Delta', 20 November 1915; to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 November 1915; to Suez, 11 December 1915; to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 28 December 1915; discharged, 28 December 1915; rejoined 28th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Found guilty, no date stated, of being absent without leave from 1700 hours, 13 February 1916, until 0800 hours, 16 February 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 11 days' pay.

Transferred to Machine Gun Company, Ferry Post, 2 March 1916; taken on strength of 7th Machine Gun Company, Moascar, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Found guilty, 11 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 9 September 1916, until 11 September 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 16 days' pay.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 6 January 1917, and transferred to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, 6 January 1917 (soft sore); to Ambulance Train, 7 January 1917; to No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 7 January 1917; to No 51 General Hospital, Etaples, 10 January 1917; discharged, 10 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 36 days.

Marched into Machine Gun Corps Base Depot, Camiers, 11 February 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 23 March 1917; rejoined 7th Machine Gun Company, 26 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 May 1917; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 9 May 1917, and transferred to No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (shrapnel wound, head); to No 11 Ambulance Train, no date stated; to No 13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 10 May 1917; to England, 15 May 1917; to Saffron Walden Hospital, 15 May 1917; discharged to furlough, 12 June 1917, and to report, 26 June 1917.

Classified 'B1A3', No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 27 June 1917.

Classified 'A3', 28 June 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 30 June 1917.

Marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 4 July 1917.

Found guilty, 2 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 0600 hours, 6 July 1917, until 2200 hours, 1 August 1917: awarded 27 days' detention, and total forfeiture of 54 days' pay.

Marched into Derby Detention Barracks, 4 August 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 September 1917 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 7 September 1917, and marched into Convalescent Training Depot, Bulford, the same day.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, 26 October 1917.

Marched out of No 3 Command Depot, 30 October 1917, and marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, the same day.

Found guilty, 30 November 1917, of being absent without leave from 0700 hours, 23 November 1917, until 1600 hours, 29 November 1917: awarded 18 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 25 days' pay.

Marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 8 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 January 1918; marched into Machine Gun Corps Base Depot, Camiers, 2 January 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 6 January 1918; rejoined 7th Machine Gun Company, 8 January 1918.

Found guilty, 11 March 1918, of (1) being absent without leave from 0630 hours, 8 March 1918, until 2000 hours, 9 March 1918; (2) failing to comply with an order, 8 March 1918; (3) whilst under open arrest, breaking out of the ranks: awarded 18 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 20 days' pay.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Buried Adelaide Military Cemetery, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUNN William Wallace Robert

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