|Birth Date||06 April 1885|
|Birth Place||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Fitzroy|
|Death Date||03 September 1915|
|Also known as||Dartnell, Wilbur Taylor, Wilbur Taylor Dartnell, William Thomas Dartnell|
|London Gazette||23 December 1915 on page 12797 at position 1|
Lieutenant William Thomas Dartnell
William Dartnell, born at Collingwood, Melbourne, was only 15 years old when he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1901. He returned to South Africa in 1913 and was working there when war was declared. Using the name Wilbur Taylor Dartnell, he joined the 25th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers, as a temporary lieutenant, and in April 1915 sailed for service in British East Africa.
Dartnell's Victoria Cross was awarded posthumously for his actions on 3 September 1915, near Maktau, East Africa. Wounded in the leg during an ambush, he insisted on being left behind to allow other wounded companions to be carried away. Though he was twice asked to leave, he refused and began firing at the Germans around him. When his body was found, seven enemy dead were lying nearby.
Dartnell was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, he also received the Queen's South Africa Medal and service medals for the First World War.
Honours & Awards
- Victoria Cross
- British/Australian gallantry awards
- 25th Bn RF
- First World War, 1914-1918
- Temporary Lieutenant
- London Gazette
- 23 December 1915 on page 12797 at position 1
|Date of birth||06 April 1885|
|Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)||12 February 1915||25 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers using the name Wilbur Taylor Dartnell.|
|Date of embarkation||1915-04||Embarked for British East Africa.|
|Awarded Victoria Cross||03 September 1915||For action at whilst serving with 25 (Service) Battalion (Frontiersmen), the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) as a Temporary Lieutenant|
|Date of death||03 September 1915|