Saturday, 17 October 2015

William Dunstan VC

Ballarat man awarded the Victoria Cross!

Wonderful news in 1915!

We've written about Corporal Dunstan VC in previous posts.  His actions - his conspicuous bravery - on August 9th, 1915 during the battle of Lone Pine, earned him this award.

It was October 15, 1915, when the news was made official and listed in the London Gazette.  The news reached Ballarat by Saturday 16th October, and was reported - heartily - by the Ballarat newspapers on Monday 18th October.  You can view the newspapers' full reports on TROVE, but here is an article indicating the shyness of Corporal Dunstan and his humility.

Ballarat Courier 18 Octoner 1915

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