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57th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

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Lt. Ralph Argyle Langley 57th Battalion

Ralph Langley served with the 5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade in Gallipoli and had trained at the 6th Officers Cadet Battalion at Balliol College, Oxford between 5th of November 1916 and 2nd of March 1917. He married his English bride Nancie Stimpson in February 1917. He was wounded on the Western Front on 25 October, 1917.

He was wounded on the Western Front on 25 October, 1917 On the 5th of November 1917, Ralph embarked to England ex Liverpool Merchants Hospital. He was admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his right thigh. He spent time at Wandsworth receiving medical treatment and recuperating, until he returned to Australia in early December.

It was in Australia that Ralph had his leg amputated just below the knee. His wife joined him in Australia in January, 1919. having survived the horrors of Gallipoli (5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade) and of the Western Front, Ralph died in a motor car accident on the Hume Highway in December 1935, leaving his wife and 6 children, the youngest of whom were one year old twin boys.

Denise Langley


Sgt. Mervyn Arthur Dunkin 12th Infantry Battalion

Mervyn Arthur Dunkin was born at Launceston, Tasmania on 6 June 1892 to parents John and Mary. A clerk by trade, he enlisted at Claremont on 10th of January 1915 at the age of 22. Enlisting with the 12th Infantry Battalion, Dunkin was allocated the rank of private. On 19th of April 1915, he departed Fremantle aboard HMAT Argyllshire.

Whilst serving at Gallipoli with the 12th Infantry Battalion, Dunkin was promoted to the rank of lance corporal in December 1915. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, he was transferred to the 52nd Infantry Battalion in March 1916. During the course of his service on the Western Front, Dunkin was promoted to the ranks of corporal in March 1916 and sergeant in April 1916.

He was transferred to the 13th Infantry Battalion in October 1916 and was wounded in action in September 1917. After his convalescence, Dunkin was transferred to the 51st Infantry Battalion in May 1918. In 1919, after demobilizing in England, Mervyn Dunkin married and returned to Australia with his wife later that year.

s flynn


Capt. Herbert Spencer Dickinson MID. 5th Infantry Battalion (d.25th Sep 1917)

Herbert Spencer Dickinson was born at Thorpdale, Victoria on 20 December 1891 to parents Thomas and Clara. An accountant by trade, he enlisted at Prahran on 17th of August 1914 at the age of 22. Enlisting with the 5th Infantry Battalion, Dickinson was allocated the rank of private. He departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Orvieto on 21st October 1914.

After serving with his unit at Gallipoli, he was transferred in February 1916 to the 57th Infantry Battalion and sent to the Western Front in France. Dickinson was quickly promoted through the ranks, gaining his first promotion to lance corporal in September 1914 and becoming a captain by May 1916. Whilst serving with the 57th Infantry Battalion he was mentioned in the despatches of General Douglas Haig on 9 April 1917. Dickinson was killed in action at Polygon Wood in Belgium on 25th of September 1917. He was 25 years old. Herbert Dickinson is buried at The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.

s flynn


Lt. Ralph Argyle Langley 57th Battalion

My grandfather Ralph Langley served at Gallipoli and in France. He was wounded in the right thigh when fighting in France and evacuated to Wandsworth 3rd General Hospital.

Denise Langley

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