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William James Dalton Lynas


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James Dalton AWMM
  • Surname
    Lynas AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 683 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 December 1886 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 V Lynas, Ford & Dwyer Street, Perth, Western Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 25 September 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 683 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      12 February 1919 AWMM
      'For remarkable courage and leadership during an attack. He supervised the placing of the men on the "jumping off" line, and though wounded in two places just after zero, he nevertheless led his company to the assault. He was then again wounded, but refused to go back until the position was taken. Of seven machine guns and four trench mortars captured by his company he took several himself, and personally inflicted many casualties on the enemy.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 23 Date: 12 February 1919. AWMM
    • Military Cross and 2 bars (MC**) AWMM
      'For conspicuous gallantry as Intelligence Officer during operations. He personally reconnoitred at great risk all the area to be covered by the advance and later after the successful attack, he reconnoitred the front and kept the brigade fully informedof the situation. He was instrumental in capturing 30 unwounded prisoners.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62. Date: 19 April 1917. Source: Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra. 'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out several most valuable reconnaissances under heavy fire, displaying great courage and coolness. Later he rendered valuable services in reorganizing the line and leading stretcher parties.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 Date: 19 April 1917. Source: Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a raid. Previous to the raid he made personal reconnaissances and preparations which greatly contributed to its success. In the raid itself five prisoners and three machine guns were captured, four machine guns and several dug-outs destroyed, and about 50 of the enemy killed. He rendered most valuable service, and showed fine courage and leadership.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23. Date: 12 February 1919. Source: Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra. Source: Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      23 May 1919 AWMM
      Awarded, and promulgated, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 61, 23 May 1919. Source: Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 10.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      140 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.
    Transferred to Egypt, 12 September 1915, and admitted to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria 17 September 1915 (tubercle of lung, debility); transferred to Mustapha Convalescent Camp, 21 September 1915; rejoined unit, Mudros, 11 October 1915.
    Disembarked Alexandria, 30 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
    Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 20 January 1916.
    Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.
    Promoted Lieutenant, 4 June 1916.
    Admitted to 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance, 1 September 1916 (exhaustion); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 3 September 1916.
    Awarded Military Cross, in the field, 4 October 1916.
    Awarded Bar to Military Cross, 21 October 1916.
    Congratulated by Divisional Commander on having obtained a very satisfactort report at 9th Course, 4th Army Infantry School, 17 February 1917.
    Transferred to England (date unclear: c. March 1917).
    Promoted Captain, AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Nullagine Cemetery, Western Australia AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    NAA B2455 file 8207355
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • AIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Commonwealth Gazette AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
      p.429 AWMM

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