Service Number: 3264
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Machine Gun Company
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School; Carlton College, University of Melbourne
Occupation: Solicitor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 August 1916
Cemetery: Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
I G 18, Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Law Institute of Victoria, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3264, 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3264, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
20 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3264, 15th Machine Gun Company, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of Alexander and Elizabeth SUTHERLAND

DALLAS SUTHERLAND who was killed in action in France on 20th August 1916 was the son of the late Mr. Alexander Sutherland. He was born in 1890 and was at the Prep. in 1901 and 1902, when he left for Carlton College, where he remained four years, being a prize-winner in each year. He entered the University in 1906 and in
his second year he won his father's prize for best student in English in that year, and later on won the Wyselaskie Scholarship.

After obtaining the Bachelor of Laws degree he entered the office of Phillips, Fox & Overend, and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor on 1st October 1912. He was with that firm when
he enlisted on 28th July 1915, going into camp on 30th August 1915.

He embarked as Private in reinforcements for 21st Battalion on 17th November for Egypt, where he was on 26th February 1916 transferred to 15th Battalion, and after going through a machine gun training school was on 29th April transferred to 15th Brigade
M.G. Co. He arrived in France at end of June 1916 and took part in the fighting of his battalion on the Somme until 20th August 1916, when he was killed.

He volunteered to be one of a raiding party which crossed No Man's Land and entered the enemy trenches. The raid was highly successful; he got the German machine gun and left the trench with it "just as if he were on any ordinary parade." When he arrived back he noticed two wounded men outside the parapet of his own trench. He immediately jumped over, and was rendering first aid to one of them when a shell burst close by and killed him instantaneously. His commanding officer wrote : " He lived a life to be proud of and died a death infinitely more so." He was buried at Rue-de-Bois, close to Sailly.



Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

His parents lived at 17, Chaucer Gescent, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia.

The inscription they chose for his wargrave states: