He was known as “Two Gun Harry” and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his “conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty” during the battle of Hamel a century ago.
But to his son David, Harry Dalziel was the softly-spoken father whom he loved and adored, the quiet and unassuming man who let him take his Victoria Cross to school for show and tell, and the man who twirled the flag at him and his family as he marched by with his mates on Anzac Day.
“He was just a lovely bloke,” David said. “He was always smiling, and he loved to talk to people, and that kinds of sums it up actually...
“We always knew he was important because he was always celebrated in places and he always marched in Brisbane on Anzac Day to see his mates, and that was a great catch-up for them, to be with the people who would understand what they all felt like … but he was just a lovely bloke.
“The actual medal was just lying around the house for a long time, and I took it to school for show and tell, and dad came to my school to talk briefly to the children there.
“There were always photographs too … and we got a letter from Queen Elizabeth when she was Princess Elizabeth. So I was always pretty much aware of it, but not like now. Now, it’s mind-blowing.”