"NEVER MIND THE V.C."

MOTHER ONLY WANTS SON

In Hospital, Heard Mates Calling

 

Harry Dalziel V.C., of Atherton (Q), was in hospital in England in a condition which would have meant a return to Australia had he so desired. But he "heard his mates calling”, went back, and was in the last batch of Australian V.C. winners.  

 

TARZALI (Q.), Saturday.

"That you, Jock?"

"See to-day's paper. Harry's won the V.C." ' ,

"Go on!"

"Dinkum."

"Well, that's all right."

 

Such was the phone conversation which announced to Jock Dalziel that his brother had won the Victoria Cross, and all the while the mother stood beside the son in agony and anxiety, thinking that the news announced Harry's death. 

To-day she told how every phone message led her to expect bad news. Her son, who was wounded on the temple on June 6, and whose condition had been previously reported serious, was three weeks ago reported "stationary." 

"Of course, I'm wonderfully proud of my 'soldier boy,' as he always described himself in his letters but never mind the V.C. as long as I get my boy home safe and well." Mrs. Dalziel is the mother of 11 children. Two of her sons are grown up. One is now in camp. A third son apologises for not being at the front because he is the sole support of his mother. He runs a dairy farm just outside Atherton.
 

Harry served a month on Gallipoli. He was first wounded in France 10 months ago and went to Montevideo camp. This generally means a return to Australia, but he re-volunteered from there. Originally transport driver, Dalziel was subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Section. Writing home in his last letter from hospital in England he said, "I am packing the kit bag for France again. I told brother Jock I would try to come home this time if I could, but I can hear my mates calling, and "I'm going back there." 

 

 

 

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