Sergeant John James Dwyer

Service number 2060
Ranks Held Private, Sergeant
Birth Date 1890-03-09
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Cygnet
Death Date 1962-01-17
Death Place Australia: Tasmania, Bruny Island
Final Rank Sergeant
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 4th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • 4th Australian Machine Gun Company
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1917-11-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-03-07

Jack Dwyer was born at Lovett (now Cygnet) Tasmania. He enlisted in early 1915 and served on Gallipoli with the 15th Battalion. In 1916 he went to France with the 4th Machine Gun Company.

Next year on 26 September 1917, during the battle of Polygon Wood (Zonnebeke, Belgium), Dwyer's Vickers machine-gun team came under fire until he rushed his gun forward, and at point-blank range put the enemy gun out of action. He then took both weapons and helped repulse a German counter-attack. Later, after his Vickers was blown up by shellfire, he led his team back through the enemy barrage to secure another and then bring it into action. At all times, he showed "contempt of danger, cheerfulness and courage".

Dwyer was commissioned in May 1918 and returned to Australia five months later. Back in Tasmania, he became active in local affairs and politics. He established a sawmilling business at New Norfolk. In 1931 he entered state parliament and eventually held several important offices, including that of deputy premier.

Dwyer received the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First World War and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.



Date of birth 09 March 1890
Date of embarkation 17 April 1915
Awarded Victoria Cross 26 September 1917 For action at Zonnebeke, Belgium whilst serving with 4 Machine Gun Company, 4 Brigade, 4 Division as a Sergeant
Date of recommendation honour or award 01 October 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 01 October 1917
Date of death 17 January 1962