Ernest Rulle Dalziell
From Our Contribution
Dalziell Bros from left Walter Edward, George Christopher, and Ernest Rewell. Photo courtesy Neville Browning
|Date of Birth||c1898|
|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Death||11 Apr 1917|
|Place of Death||Reincourt, France|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years|
5'6½" (1.66m) tall ; 138lbs|
62.596 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; black hair
|Address||Attfield street, Maddington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Walter Parom Dalziell|
|Date of Enlistment||1 May 1916|
|Date of Embarkation||30 Oct 1916 ‒ 28 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A16 Port Melbourne|
Missing in action 11 Apr 1917 |
Killed in action 11 Apr 1917
Gosnells War Memorial |
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Had worked with Buckingham Bros in East Perth for 2 years, 6 months
Entered the 69th Depot Company camp on 22 May 1916 and a month later on 21 Jun 1916 he was provisionally allocated to the 22nd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. However, on 5 Sep 1916 this was changed to the 6th draft for the 48th Battalion.
On arrival in Devonport, England Ernest was sent to the 12th Training Battalion at Codford to prepare for service in France and Belgium. He proceeded overseas to France on 4 Feb 1917 aboard HMT Victoria and marched into the 4th Australian Division Base Depot, before being taken on strength by the 48th Battalion on 10 Feb 1917.
On 11 Apr 1917 the 48th Battalion was part of the Australian attack on the Hindenburg line between Bullecourt and Riencourt. One of his colleagues Cpl Cole wrote to his parents advising that while he was tending to an injured officer, he saw Dalziell and advised him to wait for a quiet moment before trying to get back to a first aid post. He said that Ernest appeared to wounded on the left side of the face, as it was very much swollen and covered with blood. He later saw him in a trench further back from the action, but not again after that.
A Court of Enquiry held in 29 Dec 1917 declared that Ernest was Killed in Action on 11 Apr 1917. His mother Lily Jane was awarded a pension of 10/- fortnightly ($1) to go with the 15/- ($1.50) a fortnight she was receiving on account of Walter Edward's death. On 7 Jul 1917 her pension was increased to 35/- per fortnight ($3.50).