Dustin Lee DENFORD


DENFORD, Dustin Lee

Service Number: 5442
Enlisted: 19 October 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Train
Born: East Wellington, South Australia, 23 December 1883
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farm Teamster
Died: Pneumonia contracted at Gallipoli, At Sea aboard H.M.S. Gascon, 30 May 1915, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cleve WW1 Honor Roll, Cleve War Memorial, Norwood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
12 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 5442, 1st Divisional Train, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
12 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 5442, 1st Divisional Train, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
29 May 1915: Involvement 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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"...5442 Driver Dustin Lee Denford, 1st Australian Army Service Corps from East Wellington, South Australia. A 31 year old farm teamster prior to enlisting on 19 October 1914, he embarked for overseas with the 2nd and 3rd Reinforcement, Divisional Train from Melbourne on 19 February 1915 aboard HMAT Runic. He was taken ill while serving at Gallipoli and evacuated to the Hospital Ship Gascon where he died of pneumonia on 30 May 1915 and was buried at sea, 5 miles off Gaba Tepe, Turkey. His name is inscribed on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)



The late Driver D. L. Denford volunteered for active service in October last, and left Adelaide early in February with, the 2nd Reinforcements for the 4th Army Service Corps. He reached Gallipoli about the middle of May. According to a military notification received at the beginning of August, his death occurred early in June. He was 31 years of age, and the third son of the late Mr. R. J. Denford, of Wellington, and Mrs. Fry, of Norwood." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 16 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)