1st Battalion, Auckland Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth:
23/06/1917 (Died of Wounds)
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.
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.