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31968   Private William David Dunwoodie
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/07/1896
Died: 23/06/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 20
William David Dunwoody was the son of William and Anne Dunwoody. He and his twin sister Harriet were born on 30th July 1896 in the district of Lurgan. They were the youngest of four children. Williamís mother died when he was a baby. The family lived in Caledon, County Tyrone. His father was a gardener. William Dunwoodie attended Dilworth Ulster Institute in Auckland, New Zealand from 1906-1911. After leaving school William worked as a labourer. He enlisted on 25th July 1916. Rifleman William David Dunwoodie died of wounds on 23rd June 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Messines Ridge NZ Memorial
  Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, 
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 1737815
Messines Ridge British Cemetery is located 9.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. Nieuwkerkestraat is a right hand turning from the N365 in the town of Mesen. The cemetery lies 250 metres after this right hand turning, on the left hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Brantry Church Of Ireland - WWI Roll of Honour Aughnacloy
2 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
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 (19 no) of Private William David Dunwoodie
3 James Dilworth Dungannon born founder of the Dilworth School, Auckland where William studied.
4 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of William David Dunwoodie
5 NZ War Graves Project Photo of Messines Ridge inscription (memorial)
6 Ulster-Scots Community Network Ulster and New Zealand - Details of Dilworth
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023