LieutenantDARTNELL, WILBUR TAYLOR

Died 03/09/1915

Aged 30

25th Bn.
Royal Fusiliers

V C, Mentioned in Despatches

(Also known as William Thomas DARTNELL). Son of Henry and Rose Ann Dartnell; husband of Elizabeth Edith Dartnell (nee Smyth), of "Maktau," Phillips Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia. Born at Melbourne.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN ST JOHN 16.13

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 23rd Dec., 1915, records the following.- "For most conspicuous bravery near Maktau (East Africa) on 3rd September, 1915. During a mounted infantry engagement the enemy got within a few yards of our men, and it was found impossible to get the more severely wounded away. Lieutenant Dartnell, who was himself being carried away wounded in the leg, seeing the situation, and knowing that the enemy''s black troops murdered the wounded, insisted on being left behind in the hopes of being able to save the lives of the other wounded men. He gave his own life in the gallant attempt to save others."

Buried at VOI CEMETERY

Location: Kenya
Number of casualties: 136

Cemetery/memorial reference: V. B. 1.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.