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Dalzell, John Nicholson (1889–1981)

The death occurred recently, at the age of 92, of John Nicholson Dalzell, late of Cadell, and at the time of his death, resident at the Southern Cross Nursing Home, in Adelaide.

John arrived in Australia, from England, in 1911 and worked on a farm at Saddleworth until he joined the army in 1914 and was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse.

He was wounded and invalided home to England, from Egypt, and discharged, but returned to Australia, rejoined the army and was again wounded at Gallipoli.

After discharge in Australia, John was allotted a soldier settler's block in Cadell, where he lived until 12 months ago, and was then the last surviving World War I veteran still on his property there.

John Dalzell can best be described as an English gentleman in the true sense of the word. He was an outstanding citizen in the community, serving on its many committees, a member of the board of management of Cadell Fruitpackers, president of the Cadell Institute, secretary of the school committee, president and a Life Member of the bowling club and a Life Member of the RSL, and, in many other ways served the community in an outstanding manner.

His courage as a soldier and in later life in coping with much pain, has been an example to many.

A Requiem Mass was held in the Uniting Church, Cadell, on September 18, conducted by Fr. Victory and assisted by Fr. Quinn, Fr. McDonald and Fr. Kenny, a son-in-law, four grandchildren and a family friend also took part in the service which was attended by a great many people, showing the esteem in which John Dalzell was held.

He is survived by his widow, Irene Marie, Sister Mary Terese of the Corpus Domini Convent in England, David (Whyalla), Brian (Loxton), Tony (Townsville), Josie (Pt. Lincoln) and 13 grandchildren.

Original publication

  • River News (Waikerie, SA), 22 October 1981, p 10

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'Dalzell, John Nicholson (1889–1981)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dalzell-john-nicholson-13399/text24047, accessed 16 November 2019.

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