Daniel Christopher DWYER

DWYER, Daniel Christopher

Service Number: 5346
Enlisted: 7 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Farrier Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Manchester, England, 21 December 1888
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farrier
Died: Natural causes (heart disease), Townsville, Queensland, 10 January 1968, aged 79 years
Cemetery: Townsville (Belgian Gardens) Cemetery, Qld
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: East Brisbane War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5346, Brisbane, Queensland
27 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 5346, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 5346, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
21 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Pozières, GSW (thigh and forearm)
20 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Farrier Corporal, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
6 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
5 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, SN 5346, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Dan Dwyer was a 26-year-old farrier/blacksmith when he enlisted on 07 Jun 1915

Some years after his safe return from the Great War, on 01 Jan 1923, Dan joined the Queensland Prison Service as a warder. He rose through the ranks, and was for quite some time the Cheif Warder at Stewart's Creek. Dan was promoted to the Superintendency of Stewart's Creek Prison, Townsville on 07 Aug 1941, aged 52. Dan served at Stewart's Creek (later renamed Stuart) in Townsville throughout the heady WW2 years in the garrison city of Townsville.

Dan Dwyer remained as Superintendent until his transfer back to Boggo Road on 29 May 1947. Dan Dwyer had to retire at the end of 1953 having reached the age limit of 65 years.

Dan returned to Townsville where his two daughters still lived. They were Annie Catherine Dwyer, a Catholic Nun, and Eileen Mary Bisley (nee Dwyer). Their mother Esther Dwyer (nee Marshall) had died when the girls were teenagers, on 02 Sep 1939. Dan's second wife Sarah Ann Dwyer (nee Katterns), died on 15 Jan 1969, a year after Dan died of heart disease in the Townsville General Hospital on 10 Jan 1968 aged 79.

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