Desmond Theodore DU RIEU

Badge Number: S2024, Sub Branch: Renmark

DU RIEU, Desmond Theodore

Service Number: 146
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, 20 November 1890
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural Causes, Renmark, South Australia, 8 June 1969, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 146, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 146, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 146, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
6 Dec 1918: Discharged AIF WW1

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Among the heroes who returned from the front on Saturday last was Lieutenant D. T. De Rieu, only son of Mr. A. T. Du Rieu, of Grant avenue, Toorak. Lieutenant Du Rieu was one of the first to enlist in South Australia as a private in the 10th Battalion, and participated in the landing at Gallipoli, where he was wounded. After spending 12 months in France with his battalion he was transferred to England, where he received his commission. On his return to France he saw fighting for over six months, and was severely wounded at Meteren on April 25 last. He was mentioned in despatches for conspicuous bravery under fire. Lieutenant Du Rieu is well known in athletic circles, having played with the Adelaide District Cricket Club and the North Adelaide Football Club." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 12 Oct 1918 (

"Desmond Theodore Du Rieu (1890-1969), winemaker, was born on 20 November 1890 at Broken Hill, New South Wales, second of three children of Adolph Theodore Du Rieu, an electrician who became a hotelkeeper, and his wife Lillie Mary, née Crabb, both South Australian born. Desmond was educated at Largs Bay College, Adelaide, and later represented South Australia in lacrosse. Enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 19 August 1914, he sailed with the 10th Battalion for the Middle East. He was shot in the neck at Gallipoli in April 1915. After transferring to the military police, in March 1916 he was sent to the Western Front. Du Rieu was commissioned in August 1917, rejoined his old battalion and was promoted lieutenant in January 1918. Within three months he was again wounded, this time in the thigh and groin. He was invalided to Australia where his A.I.F. appointment terminated in Adelaide on 6 December.

As a soldier settler, Du Rieu took up land at Renmark in the Murray Valley region of South Australia. He described himself as a horticulturist when he married Kathleen Robertson on 4 March 1924 in St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, North Adelaide. Her father Robert had founded Chowilla station, of which Du Rieu was subsequently appointed a director and chairman (1958-68). He became president of the Renmark branch of the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia, and chaired the River Murray Districts Arbitration Committee, the Renmark Homes Trust and the local racing club..." - READ MORE LINK (