Sgt Dick Archibald Spalding

  • Geboortejaar: 1893
  • Geboorteplaats: Wandong, Victoria, Australië
  • Datum van overlijden: 05/10/1917
  • Plaats van overlijden: Nabij Anzac House, België
  • Doodsoorzaak: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Leeftijd: 24
  • Beroep: Mijnwerker
  • Land: Australië
  • Rang: Sergeant
  • Service nummer: 211
  • Dienstneming datum: 28/02/1915
  • Dienstneming plaats: Liverpool, New South Wales, Australië
  • Laatst gekende eenheid: Australian Infantry, 18th Bn. (New South Wales)
  • Strijdmacht: Australian Imperial Force


Extra informatie

Sergeant Archibald Spalding Dick, age 21, served in the 18th Battalion AIF (part of the 2nd Australian Division, 5th Brigade).

The former miner suffered shrapnel wounds to his head, thigh and buttocks at Hill 60 Gallipoli on 27th August 1915. Archie was invalided to England and he could not rejoin the 18th Battalion on the Western Front till January 1917.

On 29th september 1917, he got promoted sergeant, but was killed in action 6 days later on 5th October 1917.

After the Battle of Broodseinde on 4th October 1917, which was a black day for Australia, it was more quiet so all men were subdivided in working parties.
A burial party buried around 45 dead who were on jumping off tape Zonnebeke. Other working parties carrying duckwalks. A track was laid from Carter Point via Albania to Tokio.

Archibald Spalding Dick, age 24 was killed in action the day after his older brother John went missing, on the 5 October 1917. Nothing is known of the circumstances of his death and he too is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Belgium bay 23, stone A.

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.