William Thomas DICK MiD


DICK, William Thomas

Service Number: 58
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 14th Machine Gun Company
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, 1894
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Cleveland Street Superior Public School and Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Civil Service clerk
Died: Died of Wounds, Belgium, 28 September 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle East Roll of Honour, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 58, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 58, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 58, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Sydney
3 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 58, 1st Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
7 Oct 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion
12 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 53rd Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 14th Machine Gun Company
6 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 14th Machine Gun Company
28 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 14th Machine Gun Company, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Alison Prendergast

Died of his wounds after recieving GSW to the thigh


Mr. W. T. Dick, M.L.C., has been notified by the Department of Defence that his son, Captain W. T. Dick, has been mentioned in a despatch from Field-Marshall Sir Douglas Haig in the following terms: "I have the honour to submit the name of the undermentioned officer serving under my command, whose distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty, I consider deserving of special mention." Mr. Dick's other son is with the Light Horse in Palestine. Both soldiers are natives of Newcastle." - from the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate 20 Jul 1917 (nla.gov.au)


Mr. W. T. Dick. M.L.C., has been notified by the military authorities that his son Captain W. T. Dick, was killed in action last month. Captain Dick, who was 23 years of age, left with the first contingent as a private, and went through the Gallipoli campaign, in which he gained his lieutenancy. After a few months' fighting in France, he was promoted to captain. He had recently been mentioned in despatches. Captain Dick was educated mainly at the Cleveland-street Superior Public School and at the Sydney Grammar School." - from the Sydney Evening News 20 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)