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Lockwood-Graham, Dugald (1873–1915)

Major Dugald Lockwood-Graham, a son of a pioneer Queensland squatting family, and the owner of a sugar plantation in that State, was killed in action at the Dardanelles in May, when leading a night attack on the enemy's trenches. He was one of the finest type of young Australians, and an idea of the feelings with which he was regarded in the army may be seen from the following extracts from letters written by Lieut.-Col. Stodart and Brigadier General Chauvel, 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade. The former says:—"He is a great loss to me, both as a friend and a gallant officer, and the gallantry he displayed during the attack was abnormal. For ten minutes he stood exposed to heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, helping wounded back to our own lines, and he is mourned by every officer and man in my command. Brigadier General Chauvel says:—"His loss is a serious one to us, as he was one of our finest squadron leaders. In fact, it was because of this that he was elected to organise and carry out a necessary, but hazardous, undertaking."

He was descended from a very old Queensland squatting family, his grandfather, Mr. Dugald Graham, arriving in Queensland in 1844. He at once purchased Tabragalba Station, in the Logan district, and early in the 50's moved to Wigton Station, in the Burnett, where he died twenty years later. His son, Mr. J. Lockwood-Graham, owned for many years Upper Calliope Station, near Gladstone, where his son, the late major, was born in 1873. Mr. Graham bought Ban Ban Station, Burnett district, in 1881, but retired soon after.

The late Major Graham was in peace time the commandant of the 27th Queensland Light Horse, and did well in the South African War, serving in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony. Immediately on the outbreak of the present hostilities in August 1914, he abandoned his sugar plantation and offered his services for the front.

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'Lockwood-Graham, Dugald (1873–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lockwood-graham-dugald-608/text609, accessed 25 August 2019.

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