• Geboortejaar: 1891
  • Geboorteplaats: Lilydale, Victoria, Australië
  • Datum van overlijden: 04/10/1917
  • Plaats van overlijden: Broodseinde Ridge, België
  • Doodsoorzaak: Missing in action
  • Leeftijd: 26
  • Beroep: Arbeider
  • Land: Australië
  • Rang: Private
  • Service nummer: 1620
  • Dienstneming datum: 14/12/1914
  • Dienstneming plaats: Melbourne, Victoria, Australië
  • Laatst gekende eenheid: Australian Infantry, 6th Bn.
  • Strijdmacht: Australian Imperial Force

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Private John Dick served with the 6th Battalion AIF (part of the 1st Division, 2nd Brigade).

The former labourer, age 23, enlisted on 14th December 1914 in Melbourne, VIC. He was wounded at Gallipoli during May 1915, served in France during 1916, fracturing his leg whilst on fatigues during October.

During the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele, on October 4th, 1917, the 2nd Brigade advanced through the marsh and tree stumps of Romulus and Remus Woods, north of Molenaarelsthoek. The 8th Battalion came under fire from four 77 mm guns in a position on the Becelaere-Broodseinde road. An officer and a few men attacked and captured the guns.

The 6th and 7th Battalions took over the attack. The 6th lost direction and crowded the 7th. However, they maintained touch with both flanks. Both Battalions came under heavy fire from Retaliation Farm and also a large crater used as a German headquarters and a strongpoint.
This was taken by the 6th Battalion. They carried on the advance and came under fire from the distant Keibergposition. The objective was consolidated and posts were established 75 yards in front of the Blue Line.
No counter-attacks were launched, but the Germans were seen massing at 12 noon at Dame House and Celtic Wood, at 1 p.m and 02.30 p.m. at Flint Farm and twice near Keiberg. Artillery fire dispersed the Germans.

Private John Dick, age 26, just disappeared during the Australian attacks in what was called the Battle of Broodseinde. A few months later he was confirmed as killed in action on the 4 October 1917, which was a black day for Australia, so many men being killed on this date. Having no grave his name is also remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium, Bay 7, stone M.
His younger brother Archibald Spalding Dick was killed in action the day after John went missing, on the 5 October 1917. He too is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

A third brother, Driver Henry Dick of the 10th Company Australian Army Service Corps, who also served at Gallipoli, was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in Belgium only two weeks later. He was evacuated from France during 1918 suffering from severe debility and returned to Australia in January 1919.