Francis Wilfred Holt Dyson

AWM memorial panel 21

Alias John Henry Dyson

Born 1881, baptised 25.04.1881 at Halifax, UK

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin British

Religion Church of England

Father William Dyson, cotton mill manager

Mother Emma (nee Holt) Dyson, died when he was born in Russia


Wife Eleanor Smith, by 1914 widower, daughter Emma Winifred Elen Dyson (1905-1935)

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in England with his uncle Walter Rowley and aunt; studied at St Edwards School, Oxford; experience in mining in South Africa; served with Cape Town mounted police 2 ½ years

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Alder Hill, Konagaderrer PO, via Craigieburn, Vic

Occupation Farmer

service number 1373
enlisted 21.08.1914
POE Albert Park, Victoria
unit 2nd FAB, 52nd Battery, 5th DAC
rank Gunner, Corporal, Temporary Sergeant
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1918
final fate KIA 24.04.1918
cemetery 210 Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Naturalisation Natural born British subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

Emma Winifred Elenor Dyson - daughter of Francis Wilfred Holt Dyson - Service Number 1373 - application for Soldiers' Children Education Scheme (NAA)

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Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.

[...] farmer [...] Francis Wilfred Holt Dyson was from Riga, [...] [he] went to England after his mother's death, to live with his aunt's family, and subsequently served with the Cape mounted police in South Africa.

[...] Sergeant Francis Dyson, an Englishman born in Russia, was killed while 'out with convoy proceeding to the Batteries with ammunition when a shell exploded 10 yard away, a portion of it striking Dyson near heart'. A widower, he left a young daughter orphaned.