Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/12/2015 He is commemorated on the Dilworth School War Memorial Board. The inscription reads: Dilworth Ulster Institute. Non impetu sed consilio. Roll of Honour in the Great War, 1914-1919 Master L.E. Collins (Killed in Action) Old Boys E.G. Ancell (Killed in Action) W.D. Dunwoodie (Died of Wounds).
30/12/2015 Private William David Dunwoodie died of wounds on 23rd June 1917, aged about 19.
30/12/2015 He subsequently was posted to 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment.
30/12/2015 Rifleman William David Dunwoodie embarked for France onboard the troop ship Maunganui, on 15th November 1916 as a Rifleman in E Company, 13th Reinforcements, 1st New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
30/12/2015 After leaving school William worked as a labourer in New Zealand before enlisting with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He listed his friend, P.J. Tristram, Te Awamutu, New Zealand as his next of kin.
30/12/2015 Dilworth also wished to show affection for his native Ulster in a practical way. Unfortunately, the prospect of sending their boys to New Zealand at a tender age did not, in the outcome, appeal to many Ulster parents and guardians. The plan had therefore to be set aside after a dozen lads had been received. The Dilworth School, as it was later called, opened in 1906 with 12 pupils, William David Dunwoodie being one of them.
30/12/2015 James Dilworth was a Dungannon man who emigrated to New Zealand and became a prominent businessman. Having no children of his own, Dilworth was attracted by the idea of helping underprivileged boys to become, as his will expressed it, “good and useful members of society”.
30/12/2015 William Dunwoodie attended Dilworth Ulster Institute in Auckland, New Zealand from 1906-1911.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1901 census his mother had died. William David was 3. He also had a sister, Harriet who was also 3. It's possible she was a twin. His father was a gardener by trade.
30/12/2015 William David Dunwoodie was the son William Dunwoodie. William was born about 1898. He lived at Millberry, Caledon, Tyrone
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