Victor Dalziel

First Name: 
Victor
Last Name: 
Dalziel
Date of Birth: 
Friday, October 7, 1898
Father's Name: 
James Dalziel
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
9 Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Cause of Death: 
Illness (Cancer)
Details: 

Victor Dalziel was born in the Gold Rush town of Steiglitz, Victoria on October 7, 1898 and was one of eleven children. His early years were spent in Queensland working as a farmer until he enlisted in June 1918. His brother, Henry Dalziel had been on service in Gallipoli after enlisting in 1915.

He and his brother are credited with discovering tin samples which led to the opening of Boulder Mine near Emuford. This mine was one of the largest mines in the area and remained in production until the 1960s.

He served in the 9th Battalion while on service.

When he returned from the war (1919), he received the nickname ‘Plugger’ as he was regarded as a ‘crack’ rifleman. He married Maud and they had four children, only two of which survived.

They moved to Fairy Meadow with the family and eventually moved to Corrimal where Victor resided until his death from cancer in 1972.

He worked as an engineer on the ‘Main Roads Board’ but there were times where he worked in Papua New Guinea as a plantation overseer.

Victor had a saying which he always repeated to his children:

‘An old soldier never dies, he only fades away.’

 

These stories and photos have been generously shared with Wollongong City Libraries by Victor’s family.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, Dalziel V

Images

Sepia photograph of a small shack.
Faded sepia photograph of four men in uniform.

Comments

Although I never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather Victor, his life story along with the story of his brother Henry Dalziel (who was the recipient of a Victoria Cross) interests me immensely and I was incredibly excited when my mother told me she was going to pass on information she knew that could be recorded within the Illawarra Remembers initiative.

I now look forward to hearing further stories of WWI soldiers who also had connections with this area.

A huge thanks should be forwarded to all of those who had an input in formulating this website.

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