Biography

Birth date: 09 March 1890
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Cygnet
Death date: 17 January 1962
Death place: Australia: Tasmania, Bruny Island
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 2060 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 4th Australian Machine Gun Company

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 17 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 4th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 4th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 4th Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1890-03-09
Date of embarkation 1915-04-17
Awarded Victoria Cross 1917-09-26 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 1917-10-01
Date of death 1962-01-17