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Witton Kenworthy DALTON

Regimental number867
Place of birthSheffield, Yorkshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressWilcannia, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Wilton Dalton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Brother of Basil I. DALTON of Morton, Gainsborough England. Town: Wilcannia, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Red Cross File No 870607 has statement from 1331 Pte T.J. CLANCY, 30th Bn (patient, Woodcote Hospital), 5 October 1916: 'Dalton was wounded in the arm at Fleurbaix. Informant tied it up. the (sic) German (sic) subsequently flooded the trench, and many wounded were drowned. Dalton may have been one of these. Our forces retired from the trench about 6 a.am next morning.'

Second statement, 1348 PteF.H. McGEE, D Company, 30th Bn, 23 November 1916: 'He was killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. in the charge. Capt. Cheeseman of B. Co. gave me this information.'

Third statement, 1000 Lance Corporal Percy WRIGHT, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, England), 11 November 1916: 'On 20th July 1916 at about 6 p.m. at Fromelles we retired. Dalton, who was in my section was, according to information given to me by men in the company, last seen alive but wounded in the German trench. It was believed he was taken prisoner.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DALTON Witton Kenworthy
Red Cross file 870607

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