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Harold Charles DYER

Regimental number775
Place of birthSale, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Address26 Beaconsfield Road, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinC Dyer, 26 Beaconsfield Road, Auburn, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name8th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under heavy fire, and able leadersip of Section. (Near Ypres 4 October 1917)'
Recommendation date: 13 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted with the first Division August 1914 and served continuously to the day of his death 4 years later.
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row J, Grave No. 12), Habonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles R.A. and Sarah Jane DYER, 28 Beaconsfield Road, Auburn, Victoria

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near ZONNEBEKE east of YPRES on 4th October, 1917. Cpl. DYER led his section throughout the attack and he directed the consolidation of his section under heavy fire, showing a great example of coolness and skill in the selection of positions and handling of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsUncle Lt Colonel Forbes served.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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