William Lambert DUNN

DUNN, William Lambert

Service Numbers: 1113, N382109
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 1st Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
Born: Camden, New South Wales, Australia, 12 August 1891
Home Town: Camden, Camden, New South Wales
Schooling: Williamwood Public School 1, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia, 1 June 1962, aged 70 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland, New South Wales
Memorials: Mount Hunter War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, NSW
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1113, 1st Light Horse Regiment
16 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1113, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Marere, Sydney
4 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron

World War 2 Service

9 Jun 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Sergeant, N382109

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William Lambert was born on 12th. August 1891 at Spring Creek, Camden to George Lambert Dunn and his wife Elizabeth. Along with his siblings George, Amy, Minnie, Kathleen, Bertha and Lilian they all attended a small country school built on the Dunns property, Williamwood Public School 1. At the turn of the century with the Boer War over and following federation, Australla began to organize its own defence force. Many training establishments sprang up over this country and prior to enlistment William Lambert spent 3.5 years in the 9th. Light Horse at Camden and 12 months in senior cadets.

Britain declared war against Germany on 4th. August 1914 and it was expected that those with prior military involvement would be amongst the first to sign up. William enlisted at Liverpool, New South Wales on 23rd. June 1915 and was attached to the 7th. Reinforcements 1st. Australian Light Horse Regiment on the 27th. July that same year. He embarked the HMAT Marere A21 leaving Sydney on  16th. August 1915 bound for Egypt. He later proceeded to the Western Front on 14th. January 1916 and was transferred to the First Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron on the 26th July that year.  He quickly rose through the ranks and on the 25th. August 1917 was sent to the School of Instruction as a Training Sergeant. After becoming a qualified instructor in the use of the vickers gun he was commisioned as an officer with the rank of 2nd. Lieutenant on the 9th. March 1918. Following a bout of malaria, he was sent home aboard the HT Leicestershire for Australia leaving Suez on the 23rd. December 1918.

 In January 1920 he married Winifred May Dibden from Spring Creek and raised one son Gordon Lambert. With the declaration of World War 2 William once again enlisted at Cootamundra as a Lance Sergeant in the 8th. battalion but did not see any active service.

 His involvement in the Great War earned him the Victory Medal, British Medal and the 1914/15 Star. There is a war memorial in Mount Hunter commemorating the 40 diggers who fought in WW1 and after its refurbishment in 2014 a dedication ceremony was held on the centenary of his brother George Iley's enlistment. On the 1st. June 1962 he passed away at Sutherland and is buried in the  Woronora cemetry

Peter Tacon, Janaury 2015