Alfred James DUNN DCM

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DUNN, Alfred James

Service Number: 1538
Enlisted: 1 December 1914, Ararat, Vic.
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Landsborough, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Landsborough, Pyrenees, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 25 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

1 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1538, 5th Infantry Battalion, Ararat, Vic.
19 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1538, 5th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
19 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1538, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
5 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1538, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1538, 5th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, BW to left thigh. Evacuated to Egypt. Rejoined unit at Gallipoli on 18 November 1915.
17 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
15 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 58th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1538, 58th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
16 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 58th Infantry Battalion, France
1 Jan 1917: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations of 19th/20th July 1916. He tended and dressed the wounded, under very heavy fire, with great courage and determination
8 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1538, 58th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
25 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1538, 58th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
25 Sep 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 1538, 58th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

On 25 September 1917, L Cpl 1538 Alfred James Dunn and another man were transporting a wounded soldier at Polygon Wood when they came under German artillery fire.

L Cpl Dunn and the other man both lay on top of the wounded man and sheltered him during the barrage. Both stretcher bearers were killed outright, however the wounded man survived.

L CPl Dunn was originally buried in Polygon Wood however the location of the grave was lost.

Source: Landsborough & District News & Robert Wight

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