Herbert Leslie (Jim, "Bottles") DWYER

DWYER, Herbert Leslie

Service Number: 16076
Enlisted: 19 October 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Company
Born: St Helens, Tasmania, Australia , July 1897
Home Town: St Helens, Break O'Day, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: St Helens, Tasmania, Australia , 2 July 1979, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Carr Villa Memorial Park, Tasmania
AUS G2/40 Religion: Anglican
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 16076, 4th Field Artillery Regiment
27 May 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 16076, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
27 May 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 16076, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
15 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 16076, 3rd Machine Gun Company

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gayleforce, Saturday, 5 August 2017 via Discovering Anzacs

Pte Herbert Leslie Dwyer

Herbert (Jim) as he was known, enlisted on 19/10/1915 and served in WWI. as Private 16076 in the 3rd. M.G.Bn. Jim embarked at Melbourne per H.M.A.T. A11 Ascanius 27/5/1916 and disembarked in Devonport, England on 18/7/1916 after nearly two months at sea. He returned to Australia on 27/5/1919 and officially discharged on the 15 September 1919. Certificate of Discharge No.247953 issued on 25/3/1920. His service abroad amounted to 3 years and 74 days.

According to Jim's war service records he was rather a naughty boy, having been cited several times for drunkeness and appearing before a Court Martial twice, once for being awol and a second time being charged with Deserting His Majesty's Service. "Finding", Not guilty of desertion but guilty of being awol. Jim evidently absented himself from his unit from 1/7/1918 until apprehended by the Military Police on 8/7/1918 in Paris. Jim had to forfeit 97 days pay for this indiscretion and it wasn't the last as Jim also went awol from 23/12/1918 - 25/12/1918. Other charges against Jim during his almost 4 years service were, hesitating to obey an order given by an N.C.O. (Award 21 days}. Leaving parade without permission. Offering violence to his superior officer.

Jim (Bottles) Dwyer was of stocky build and was an excellent footballer. He first played for Avoca while living there, and moved later to Gladstone and played with them. He later moved to St.Helens and played for several years with the Siamese Mines team. Jim was mainly a rover, a very good player, very nippy and had a good accurate long drop kick and stab pass, and was classed as one of the best. Jim was only one of a large family of footballers and was a team mate with brother Tom and two of his best mates Fred and Roy Bailey from Avoca. Other brothers Lance, Eric and Joker Played with the St.Helens team, while other brother Lindsay played in Launceston.

The men used to hire a coach from St.Helens to travel to the games. Jim used to enjoy a few refreshing drinks after the games so he was nicknamed (Bottles).

Jim was face boss at the mines and worked there for many years until it closed down.

Jim earned three medals for his War Service, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.



Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Peggy Bogar

His brother Lance's son, also Lance Dwyer did a lot of family history but I actually visited this Herbert Leslie Dwyer as he lived across the road from my grandfather (Lance Dwyer) in St Helens, TAS. According to my Uncle Lance, Herbert died 02 July 1979 in St Helens, TAS and had married Nellie May Blair in 1920. My uncle says the Army Records of National Archives show him being born at St Helens and enlisted at Claremont TAS (Thomas Robert Dwyer is his father but next of kin was written as father Thomas Edward Dwyer) He was 18 years and 3 months old and 5 ft. 3in. tall and weighed 136 lbs. BURIAL 04 July 1979, Carr Villa Cemetery, Launceston, TAS AUS G2/40 Religion: Anglican. They had two children