Isaac Alfred DIGNEY

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DIGNEY, Isaac Alfred

Service Number: 3978
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Timboon, Victoria, Australia, 1875
Home Town: Timboon, Corangamite, Victoria
Schooling: Timboon State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 23 July 1916
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
II A 7
Memorials: Hobart Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3978, 12th Infantry Battalion
24 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3978, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne

Alf Digney

Alf Digney was immortalised in the Story of “ The Man from Curdies’s River” as the character Dick The Dasher. A larger than life character, he after an unhappy, purportedly forced marriage and the death of his baby, travelled to Tasmania, where his soldier, Digney grandfather ancestor settled. He signed up under the assumed name of Harrison, a corruption of his wife’s maiden name of Harris and his second name Alfred.
He was awarded posthumously the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Enlisted and served under alias Alfred HARRISON