Pte
Henry Joseph Dee

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortedatum:
11/11/1891
Geboorteplaats:
Saint Lawrence, Queensland, Australië

Algemene Informatie

Beroep:
Magazijnier

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
2419
Dienstneming datum:
25/03/1916
Dienstneming plaats:
Mackay, Queensland, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 47th Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
30/09/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
South of Anzac House, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
25

Gedenkplaats

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Extra informatie

Private Henry Joseph Dee, a former storeman from Saint Laurence, Queensland, Australia enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force in 1916. He served with the 47th Battalion A.I.F. (12th Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division).
In 1917 the 47th Bn. A.I.F. served in Flanders during the Battle of Messines and Passchendaele. On 7 June 1917, the opening battle of the Battle of Messines, Private Dee was admitted with shell shock (not yet determined) and again in mid-August with debility.
On 25 September 1917 the 47th Bn. A.I.F. moved into the Ramparts at Ypres in support and supplying working parties burying cable and laying water pipelines. The next day the ware standing to during Menin Road attack. Working parties continued burying cable.
On 27 September they moved forward into support of the 46th Bn. A.I.F. in the frontline. HQ was situated at Garter Point on the Anzac Ridge. A and D Company holding a frontage on the green line in support (28.J.3.a.1.8. to 28.J.3.c.9.7.) and B and C Company being entrenched 400 yards further to the rear. The frontline held by the 46th was 800 yards in advance towards a valley. The whole area was being under direct observation by the Germans and Australian movements were answered with shellfire. On 30 September the 47th Bn. continued being in support, supplying carrying parties and working parties were forming forward dumps in readiness for further operations. At 9PM they were relieved by the 9th Bn. A.I.F. and proceeded into reserve on Westhoek ridge.
In their four days at the frontline the 47th Bn. A.I.F. suffered 36 casualties (16 soldiers killed, 20 wouded), Private Dee being one of them. Although he was initially buried according to his Service Record (J.2.d.9.7.), his body was never found or identified after the war. Henry Joseph Dee is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.