Albert James DUNSTER

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DUNSTER, Albert James

Service Number: 2304
Enlisted: 27 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenorchy, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Willaura, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 30 April 1917
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot 1, Row H, Grave 19, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Ararat Shire of Ararat WWI Roll of Honor, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Willaura War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2304, 39th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2304, 39th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: ''
30 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2304, 39th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

On 30 April 1917 the 39th Battalion were in the front lines near the Belgian town of Ploegsteert. At around 4 am the Germans began an intense artillery barrage and launched a raid against part of the Australian line. Men of the 39th Battalion managed to drive off a party of as many as 80 enemy soldiers, but suffered more than 60 casualties from enemy shell-fire, including 14 killed.