William Dunstan V.C.Print Page
An Aleppo Pine was planted to commemorate William Dunstan, a former pupil of Golden Point Primary School who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C).
William Dunstan (1895–1957) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces.
Corporal Dunstan was awarded the VC for his actions on 9 August 1915, at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey. The enemy made a determined counter-attack on the centre of the newly captured trench held by a lieutenant (Frederick Harold Tubb), two corporals (Alexander Stewart Burton and Corporal Dunstan) and a few men. The enemy blew in the sand-bag barricade, leaving only a foot standing, but the lieutenant and the two corporals repelled the enemy and rebuilt the barricade. Twice more the enemy blew in the barricade and on each occasion they were repelled and the barricade rebuilt.
Dunstan was blind for almost a year after Lone Pine. He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
|Address:||Ring Road & Sturt Street West, Ballarat Ranger Museum, Ballarat, 3350|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.545443|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||09-August-1915|
|Actual Event End Date:||09-August-1915|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 25th April, 2008|