Roderick Wilfred DAYSH

DAYSH, Roderick Wilfred

Service Number: 12498
Enlisted: 7 February 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Australian Army Service Corps Company
Born: Masterton, New Zealand, May 1893
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School
Occupation: Wheelwright (railway wagon builder)
Died: Malaria, Syria, 21 October 1918
Cemetery: Beirut War Cemetery
Grave No. 97
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Granville War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 12498, Sydney, New South Wales
19 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 12498, Australian Army Service Corps, 1st Anzac Mounted Division
21 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 12498, 1st Australian Army Service Corps Company

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

Roderick Wilfred DAYSH (Service Number 12498) was born on 2 May 1893, in Wellington, New Zealand. He began working with the Railways in September 1913, as a wagon builder in Clyde, in the Locomotive Branch. He joined the AIF on 7 February 1916, at 22-years-old. He listed his wife, Flora, in Granville as his next of kin.

He disembarked at Suez, in Cairo, on 21 September 1916, and marched into Moascar shortly after on 23rd September.

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Father George Henry Daysh and Mother Mary Ann Daysh, 55 Albert, Marston, New Zealand

Wife: Flora Dorothy DAYSH (nee Smith), 'Gowrie', 11 Wallace Street, Granville, New South Wales

Employed by Commonwealth of Australia Railways

Described on enlisting as 22yrs 8mths old; married; 5' 4.5" tall; 109 lbs;
ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair; Church of England

7/2/1916     enlisted in Sydney, NSW

8/5/1916     appointed to 7th Field Artillery Brigade, Sydney, NSW

9/5/1916     3rd reinforcements, 1st Anzac Mounted Division

19/8/1916    embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Mooltan
                   as a Private in 1st Anzac Mounted Division, 3rd Reinforcement

8/12/1916    taken on strenght of 1st Anzac Mounted Division, Moascar

31/1/1917    appointed as Driver with 1st Anzac Mounted Division

2/2/1917      marched in from Moascar Depot unit of supply, temporarily
                   attached to 27th unit of supply

26/2/1917    transferred as Driver to 4th Light Horse Brigade

2/4/1917      taken on strength AASC Training Depot, Egypt
17/4/1917    transferred to Light Horse Brigade

18/4/1917    transferred to 1st Light Horse Brigade, Supply Section

23/7/1917    transferred as Private to Desert Mounted Corps Supply detail

24/8/1917    transferred as Private to Anzac Mounted division train
                   taken on stregth of Supply Section 3 Company

4/10/1917    detached for duty with 1st Light Horse Brigade, in the field

1/7/1918      to Port Said, Egypt for leave
23/7/1918    returned from leave - Mounted Division Train

23/7/1918    transferred to CTDMC Supplies

20/10/1918   to hospital sick with Malaria
                    admitted to 32nd Clearing Hospital

21/10/1918   died of malaria
buried in:       Beirut War Cemetery, Lebanon (Syria)
                    Grave No 97
                    Chaplain Reverend C Cowland Cooper officiated

His name is commemorated on Panel 181 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:        British War Medal (45814) and Victory Medal (45288)
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (354977)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  12/5/2016.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed by John Oakes

Roderick Wilfred DAYSH (Service Number 12498) was born on 2nd May 1893 in Wellington, New Zealand. He began working with the Railways in September 1913. He was a wagon builder in Clyde in the Locomotive Branch. He joined the AIF on 7th February 1916 at 22 years of age. He listed his wife, Flora, who lived in Granville as his next of kin.

He disembarked at Suez, near Cairo, on 21st September 1916. He marched into Moascarmon 23rd September.  He joined the Australian Army Service Corps on 8th December 1916. On 2nd February 1917, he marched irom Moascar with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. On 23rd February 1917, he was transferred to the 4th Light Horse Brigade in El Arish, in the Supply Section. On 1st July 1917, his rank changed from driver to Private at his own request. He spent a large part of July in 1918 on leave in Port Said, Egypt. He retuned to duty on 23rd July.

He was admitted to hospital in Beirut (Lebanon) on 20th October 1918. He died of clinical malaria the following day at the age of 24. Roderick Daysh was buried in the Beirut Military Cemetery in Beirut, Lebanon, in grave 97.

Following his death, many personal items were sent to his wife. This included clothing, a fountain pen, a wallet, photos, postcards, letters, and a wrist watch. In addition to these items, his wife was also given the British War Medal and the Victory Medal on his behalf.

- based on notes for the great sydney Central Station Honour Board.