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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 16 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Brisbane

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

044844

VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS FROM THE BOER WAR AND WORLD WAR 1 WHO GATHERED TO MARCH IN THE SYDNEY ANZAC DAY PARADE. BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT (LIEUT.) J. ROGERS, SERGEANT (SGT) R. R. INWOOD, BRIGADIER A. S. BLACKBURN, SGT J. W. WHITTLE, SGT S. R. MCDOUGALL, MAJOR E. T. TOWNER, CAPTAIN (CAPT) A....

044844

044957

Sydney, NSW. 1938-04-23. A group portrait of Victoria Cross recipients who were invited to Sydney by the United Licensed Victuallers Association (ULVA) to march as a group in the 1938 Sydney Anzac Day march. This gesture by the ULVA was part of the Australian sesquicentennial (150 years)...

044957

A05444

Portrait of Private (Pte) Henry (Harry) Dalziel VC of the 15th Battalion. Pte Dalziel was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in action with a Lewis gun section' on 4 July 1918 at Hamel Wood, France. Pte Dalziel rushed at an enemy machine gun with...

A05444

H15992

PORTRAIT OF SERGEANT HENRY DALZIEL VC SHORTLY AFTER HE ENLISTED 1933-19 IN THE 9/15TH BATTALION, AMF, THE UNIFORM OF WHICH UNIT HE IS WEARING. (PHOTO PURCHASED FROM T. & E. DEAZELEY STUDIO, QUEEN ST, BRISBANE, QLD).

H15992

H00047

Portrait of Driver Henry Dalziel VC, 15th Battalion AIF, and Sister Elizabeth Mosey RRC, possibly after their award ceremony. Dalziel was awarded the VC following his actions attacking and capturing a German machine gun post at Hamel Wood on 4 July 1918, where he continued to fight and supply the...

H00047

J03075

1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ANZAC DAY MARCH IN MELBOURNE, WAITING TO ENTER THE EXHIBITION BUILDING, WHERE A COMMEMORATION SERVICE WAS HELD. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN R.C. GRIEVE, 2ND LIEUT W. RUTHVEN, CAPT J.E. NEWLAND, 2ND LIEUT J. HAMILTON, LIEUT. A....

J03075

J03076

MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

J03076

P02939.031

Informal portrait of Private (Pte) Henry (Harry) Dalziel VC, 15th Battalion. Pte Dalziel was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in action with a Lewis gun section" on 4 July 1918 at Hamel Wood, France. Pte Dalziel rushed at an enemy machine gun with...

P02939.031

H15992A

PORTRAIT OF SERGEANT HENRY DALZIEL OF THE 15TH BATTALION, AIF. AS A PRIVATE DALZIEL WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR HIS BRAVERY IN ACTION AT HAMEL WOOD, FRANCE ON 1918-07-04.

H15992A

Timeline

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