Biography

Birth date: 18 February 1893
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Irvinebank
Death date: 25 July 1965
Final rank: Private
Service number: 1936 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion

Harry Dalziel (1893-1965), from Queensland, received the second of two Victoria Crosses awarded for the battle of Hamel. During the action he advanced with a Lewis gun section before making a single-handed attack on a strong enemy machine-gun post, capturing the gun and its entire crew. Then, ignoring heavy enemy fire, he collected ammunition and reloaded magazines until he was severely wounded. After the war, although troubled by his injuries, he served in the militia and was also a songwriter.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 16 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Brisbane
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1893-02-18
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-01-16 Taken on strength of the 15th Battalion in July 1915.
Date of embarkation 1915-04-16
Date wounded 1917-10-16 Wounded in France.
Date of honour or award 1918-07-04 For action at Hamel Wood, France whilst serving with 15 Battalion, 4 Brigade, 4 Division as a Private.
Date wounded 1918-07-04 Shot in the head while loading ammunition into magazines during the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-07-08
Date returned to Australia 1919-01-05
Date of discharge 1919-07
Other 1930 Joined the Citizen Military Forces.
Other 1933 Became the first Victoria Cross recipient to be a member of the Guard of Honour at the opening of the Queensland Parliament.
Date of death 1965-07-25