BRAV­ERY UN­DER FIRE

Pri­vate Henry Dalziel

The Weekend Post - - 100 Years of Gratitude -

HARRY Dalziel (right), born at Irvinebank in Far North Queens­land in 1893, re­ceived the sec­ond of two Vic­to­ria Crosses awarded for the bat­tle of Le Hamel. Dur­ing the ac­tion, armed with a re­volver, he ad­vanced with a Lewis gun sec­tion be­fore mak­ing a sin­gle-handed at­tack on a strong en­emy ma­chine­gun post, cap­tur­ing the gun and its en­tire crew. Then, ig­nor­ing heavy en­emy fire, he col­lected am­mu­ni­tion and reloaded mag­a­zines un­til he was se­verely wounded. Af­ter the war he served in the mili­tia and was also a song­writer who has some of his work pub­lished over­seas. Af­ter re­turn­ing from World War I, he went farm­ing, but even­tu­ally moved to Syd­ney and tried gold min­ing be­fore even­tu­ally liv­ing in Bris­bane. Dalziel died at Greenslopes Hos­pi­tal in 1965. He was aged 72.

Pic­ture: STEW­ART McLEAN

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