1. Memorial:Freemasons VC Memorial Great Queen Street
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour56B GQS

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross

Early Life :

He was the son of a Queensland miner, and was born on the 18th February 1893 in Irvinebank. After completing his education he began working as a fireman on the railway.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 15th Battalion Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 

BEAN 240.1; Amers. with. 263-6, 172: strength before Hamel, 264. 26 n trams with tanks, 266-7; W. k Hughes visits 2 July, 273n. B. of Hamel, 274. 2;s. 280. 283 et et seq 329, cas, 326, after f i S { 347; clisb between Aust. patrols, 440U; BEAN First Bullecourt. 421. 434, 5 0 8 ~ . plans, 175. r88, 189n, preparations. 275-7, a81, 290 et srq., IO Apr. operation, 179-83, battle, 11 Apr., 320. 353. Cam. Murray's reDort. 293-303. 305. 307 et ~ e q . ,3 16-7, 319, 316-7. -316, German c/attacks, 3i3-6; Mcssines. 677-8. Battle of Polygon 329-3.5, 337-8, 339. 347-9; BEAN Mcssines. 677-8. BEAN 15th Battalion (Q?land, Tas.), 89, go, 117, 118, 199, 200, 222, 654, 746; command, 29 May, 206; at Quinn?s, 95-6, 97, 98, 201, 203-5, attacks from, 9-10 May, 99-116, casualties, 102, ~ogn, 106, 14-15 May. 121, 123, 16 Bn. relieves, 126, during Turkish attack of 19 May. 152. 154-5, casualties, 156, 29 May, 206-7, 212-21; strength, 28 May, 205n, 29 Aug., 76m, in Battle of Sari Bair, 590-3, 594, 653, 660-1, 663, casualties, 660-1, 664n; at Hill 60, 21 Aug., 737.

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

Citations & Commemorations :

  For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in action with a Lewis gun section. His company met with determined resistance from a strong point which was strongly garrisoned, manned by numerous machine-guns and, undamaged by our artillery fire, was also protected by strong wire entanglements. A heavy concentration of machine-gun fire caused many casualties, and held up our advance. His Lewis gun having come into action and silenced enemy guns in one direction, an enemy gun opened fire from another direction. Private Dalziel dashed at it and with his revolver, killed or captured the entire crew and gun, and allowed our advance to continue. He was severely wounded in the hand, but carried on and took part in the capture of the final objective. He twice went over open ground under heavy enemy artillery and machine-gun fire to secure ammunition, and though suffering from considerable loss of blood, he filled magazines and served his gun until severely wounded through the head. His magnificent bravery and devotion to duty was an inspiring example to all his comrades and his dash and unselfish courage at a critical time undoubtedly saved many lives and turned what would have been a serious check into a splendid success.

"After the war, Private Dalziel tried to make a living by farming, along with his wife who he married in 1920. His wife, Maude Ramsay, had served as a nurse with the 17th Australian General Hospital.
The couple took up a block of land for farming but his wife was primarily responsible for its running. After a few years, he tired of farming, troubled by the injuries he sustained during the war. He then moved to Sydney where he took up factory work. His wife remained on the farm. He then tried his hand at gold mining in the Bathurst region before later returning to the farm when his wife became ill. By 1933, he was living in Brisbane but out of work. At this time, having maintained an interest in song writing since his time in hospital recuperating from his war wounds, he had some of his work published in England and the United States. In the mid-1930s he re-joined the Army in a part-time capacity and during WW2 served in a training role in Australia.

On the 24th of July 1965, he suffered a stroke and died in a hospital in Brisbane. He was cremated with full military honours. A plaque in his memory is laid at Mount Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Duke of Connaught No. 3358 E.C.Queensland
Joined : Bowyer No. 1036 E.C. Oxfordshire

4th September 1919
7th November 1919
4th December 1919

Initiated into Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 3358 just before it moved from the English Constitution to the Grand Lodge of Queensland. Following the war he was back in Australia as an Engine Driver.

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