Will Rutherford DUNN

DUNN, Will Rutherford

Service Number: 853
Enlisted: 26 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Red Hill, South Australia, 26 April 1885
Home Town: Red Hill, Mid North, South Australia
Schooling: Red Hill South Australia
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Brain haemorrhage, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 30 August 1950, aged 65 years
Cemetery: Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln
RSL Section - Plaque is inscribed N. R. Dunn
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial, Red Hill Men Roll of Honor WW1, Red Hill Methodist Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 853, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Oaklands, South Australia
1 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 853, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 853, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
27 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 853, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 853, 5th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Will Dunn was the son of Andrew and Mary Ann Dunn of Redhill. He was born at Redhill on 26 April 1885. In Port Broughton Will and his brother Andrew conducted a butchery known as Dunn Brothers Butchers. A butcher, he was 29 years old when he enlisted on 26 November 1914. Will passed the required medical conditions despite the fact that 2 years earlier he had severed a finger while feeding a sausage machine.

At Oaklands Will was posted to 4 Reinforcements Light Horse Regiment and embarked from Adelaide on 1 April 1915 aboard HMAT A17 “Port Lincoln”. He landed at Gallipoli and on 28 June received a gunshot wound to his back. Evacuated and admitted to 2 General Hospital at Ghezireh he recovered and returned to Gallipoli on 11 September.

He was wounded for a second time on 24 October when he suffered a shrapnel wound to his left thigh. He was again evacuated to Egypt and 5 months later was transferred to 5 Division Artillery at Heliopolis. On 1 August 1916 Will embarked from Egypt to join the British Expeditionary Force. After training in England he proceeded overseas to France on 28 March 1917 and was taken on strength of 105 Howitzer Battery.

On 9 March 1919 Will embarked aboard “Kashmir” for his return to Australia where he disembarked on Anzac Day. He was discharged on 25 June 1919.