Oscar Thomas DUNN

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DUNN, Oscar Thomas

Service Number: 461
Enlisted: 14 November 1914, Kingaroy, Queensland
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, 4 March 1890
Home Town: Taabinga, South Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Ipswich Boys Central State School & Gatton Agricultural College
Occupation: Farmer (cattle)
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gatton Agricultural College HR, Kingaroy RSL Roll of Honour, Kingaroy Stone of Remembrance, Kumbia WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 461, Kingaroy, Queensland
21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 461, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 461, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Persic, Sydney
28 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 461, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

LOCAL SOLDIER KILLED.
Information has been received in Ipswich that Trooper Oscar T. Dunn, of the Fifth Light Horse, eldest son of Mr. T. Dunn, engineer in the power-house at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Trooper Dunn attended the Ipswich Boys' Central State School under the late Major C. A. H. Watson. He was afterwards for two years and a half at the Agricultural College, Gatton, and subsequently, in conjunction with a younger brother, selected land at Taabinga, where he had resided up to the time of his enlistment. 

 

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Biography

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

 

DUNN, Trooper Oscar Thomas, No. 461, B Squadron.  Age at enlistment: 24.

Religion: CofE,  Unmarried  farmer of  "Swalvale", Taabinga, Kingaroy, Queensland.

Next of kin: Father; Thomas Dunn, of Railway Workshops, Ipswich, Queensland.

Joined Regiment 08 Dec 1914 as  Trooper.  Killed In Action on 28 Jun 1915 at Balkan Pits, Anzac.

Grave: Shell Green cemetery - CWGC lists his mother as  Mary Alice Dunn (same address). 

The attack on the Turkish-held Balkan Gun Pits, Anzac, 28th June 1915:

"The 5th Regiment moved along Harris Ridge as far as the Balkan Gun Pits, where they were subjected to heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the Echelon trenches, and also from Gaba Tepe. They were also subjected to shell fire from one of our destroyers, the commander of which had not been informed that our men were operating outside our own lines.... The Regiment's casualties during the afternoon were heavy, amounting to 23 killed and 79 wounded." (Wilson p19). 

Oscar Thomas Dunn's name is commemorated on the Kingaroy, Queensland, memorial.

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