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31968   Private William David Dunwoodie
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/07/1895
Died: 23/06/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
Summary      
William David Dunwoodie was the son William Dunwoodie. William was born about 1898. He lived at Millberry, Caledon, Tyrone. By the time of the 1901 census his mother had died. William David was 3. William Dunwoodie attended Dilworth Ulster Institute in Auckland, New Zealand from 1906-1911. After leaving school William worked as a labourer in New Zealand before enlisting with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Private William David Dunwoodie died of wounds on 23rd June 1917, aged about 19.
Further Information
William David Dunwoodie was the son William Dunwoodie. William was born about 1898. He lived at Millberry, Caledon, Tyrone
By the time of the 1901 census his mother had died. William David was 3. He also had a sister, Harriet who was also 3. It's possible she was a twin. His father was a gardener by trade.
William Dunwoodie attended Dilworth Ulster Institute in Auckland, New Zealand from 1906-1911.
James Dilworth was a Dungannon man who emigrated to New Zealand and became a prominent businessman. Having no children of his own, Dilworth was attracted by the idea of helping underprivileged boys to become, as his will expressed it, “good and useful members of society”.
Dilworth also wished to show affection for his native Ulster in a practical way. Unfortunately, the prospect of sending their boys to New Zealand at a tender age did not, in the outcome, appeal to many Ulster parents and guardians. The plan had therefore to be set aside after a dozen lads had been received. The Dilworth School, as it was later called, opened in 1906 with 12 pupils, William David Dunwoodie being one of them.
After leaving school William worked as a labourer in New Zealand before enlisting with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He listed his friend, P.J. Tristram, Te Awamutu, New Zealand as his next of kin.
Rifleman William David Dunwoodie embarked for France onboard the troop ship Maunganui, on 15th November 1916 as a Rifleman in E Company, 13th Reinforcements, 1st New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
He subsequently was posted to 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment.
Private William David Dunwoodie died of wounds on 23rd June 1917, aged about 19.
He is commemorated on the Dilworth School War Memorial Board. The inscription reads: Dilworth Ulster Institute. Non impetu sed consilio. Roll of Honour in the Great War, 1914-1919 Master L.E. Collins (Killed in Action) Old Boys E.G. Ancell (Killed in Action) W.D. Dunwoodie (Died of Wounds).
W D Dunwoodie on Messines Ridge inscription
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Millberry Caledon Census listing in Millberry 54.345001 -6.856885
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Dunwoody family Lists William David as age 3 at house 5 in Millberry, Caledon, Tyrone
2 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private William David Dunwoodie
3 James Dilworth Dungannon born founder of the Dilworth School, Auckland where William studied.
4 NZ War Graves Project Photo of Messines Ridge inscription (memorial)
5 Ulster-Scots Community Network Ulster and New Zealand - Details of Dilworth
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020