Biography

Birth date: 06 June 1892
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Launceston
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 1826 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Mervyn Arthur Dunkin was born at Launceston, Tasmania on 6 June 1892 to parents John and Mary. A clerk by trade, he enlisted at Claremont on 10 January 1915 at the age of 22. Enlisting with the 12th Infantry Battalion, Dunkin was allocated the rank of private. On 19 April 1915, he departed Fremantle aboard HMAT Argyllshire.

Whilst serving at Gallipoli with the 12th Infantry Battalion, Dunkin was promoted to the rank of lance corporal in December 1915. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, he was transferred to the 52nd Infantry Battalion in March 1916. During the course of his service on the Western Front, Dunkin was promoted to the ranks of corporal in March 1916 and sergeant in April 1916.

He was transferred to the 13th Infantry Battalion in October 1916 and was wounded in action in September 1917. After his convalescence, Dunkin was transferred to the 51st Infantry Battalion in May 1918. In 1919, after demobilizing in England, Mervyn Dunkin married and returned to Australia with his wife later that year.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Private Record

Dunkin, Mervyn Arthur (Sergeant, b.1892 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1806 Sergeant Mervyn Arthur Dunkin, 52nd Battalion. Collection consists of an autograph book containing pencil sketches of English and Australian landscapes visited by Sergeant Dunkin throughout his military service. The sketches date from... Maker: Dunkin, Mervyn Arthur

PR84/353 (With records)

Photograph

E01724

Group portrait of the NCOs of the 52nd Battalion. Left to right, back row: Lance Corporal (LCpl) J. Leechman; unidentified; unidentified; LCpl J. McDonald; unidentified; LCpl Wylie; LCpl McLean; unidentified; LCpl R. C. Calder; unidentified; Corporal (Cpl) Warner; Cpl J. Jeffries; Cpl L. Weller;...

E01724

Digitised Collection

Autograph book of Mervyn Arthur Dunkin, 1916-1917

Autograph book relating to the First World War service of 1806 Sergeant Mervyn Arthur Dunkin, 52nd Battalion. The autograph book contains pencil sketches of English and Australian landscapes visited by Sergeant Dunkin throughout his military service. The sketches date from between November 1916 and...

RCDIG0000349

Timeline

Date of birth 1892-06-06
Date of embarkation 1915-04-19