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Lance-Sergeant William Dalton

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Dalton

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/05/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 08/1945

Cause of Death: Old age

Service Number: 220

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Randwick

Unit: Nwe South Wales Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: Lance-Sergeant Date Effective: 22/06/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Trooper Date Effective: 16/10/1917

Murray Page: 91

Not Known

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/05/1900

Memorial details: Buried in Sydney

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902, British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1919

Personal Characteristics: Age 24, slight build 1.7 metres tall, 66 kilos hair light brown, eyes blue, scar right leg above knee, occupation Labourer and railway worker.

Reasons to go and fight: To serve his country.

Details of service in war: Disembarked at Biera now in Mozambique on 17 May 1900, took train to Marandellas, then marched to Bulawayo in what is now Zimbabwe. His Regiment operated against the Boers as part of  "Rhodesia Field Force" from 22 June 1900 in the Orange River Colony, Cape Colony and Transvaal. Lance-Sergeant Dalton was sererely wounded in action near Elands River, Braksfontein, Western Transvaal 5 August 1900 during an attempted relief of the Eland's River Garrison. He embarked on the "Orient" for Sydney at East London on 23 June 1901.

Post War Service: Enlisted in the 1st AIF on 16 October 1917.  He eventually saw service with the 12th Light Horse in the Jordan Valley and advance on Damascus.  On 27 October,  shortly before the armistice he was struck with Malaria.  Returning to Australia, he was discharged as medically unfit on 10 May 1919.

He was a man who well and true set out to and succeeded in serving his country.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Noel Dalton, Glenhaven NSW

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