Name: Daniel Augustine Quinn

 

Birth Date: 1893 Where: Hobart, Tasmania
Died: 29th July, 1916 Where: Pozieres, France
Place of Enlistment: Claremont, Tasmania Age: 21
Serial Number: 941 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lance Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Quinn
Service Details:

 

 

14 April

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

11 December

1915                      Promoted Lance Corporal

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

28 July

1916                      Killed in Action, Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Daniel Quinn was the fifth son of John and Ellen Dallow of Hobart. He was born in Hobart in 1893. Daniel had a brother, James, who also served during World War 1.
Daniel was with the 26th Battalion when it trained in Egypt and then was sent to Gallipoli. Here he was appointed temporary Lance Corporal.
In January, after his Battalion had returned to Egypt, Daniel was awarded 72 hours Field Punishment (F.P.) for Disobedience of Orders.  In March he was given another 96 hours F.P. for being AWL from disembarkation parade.
During the June 6/7th Trench Raid Daniel was a member of the Covering Party whose task was to cover the trench parties on their approach to and withdrawal from the German trenches. They were also required to receive and guard any prisoners taken.
Daniel's mother wrote to the Mercury and her letter was published on July 25, 1916. Mrs. Quinn included a copy of a letter Daniel wrote on June 10th in London while enjoying the special leave given to the participants in the Trench Raid (He is No. 30 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph). Daniel claimed to have personally captured a German soldier and that he was verbally commended by the Brigade commander (Brigadier General John Paton). Daniel expected to be mentioned in despatches. That never happened. None of the raiders was mentioned in despatches for their efforts in that raid.
Daniel was killed at Pozieres on 29th July only four days after his letter had been published in Hobart. He was just twenty years old. Daniel is buried at the London Cemetery Longueval.
Daniel’s service medals and the Memorial Plaque were presented to his father.  There is no record of the Memorial Scroll being awarded.


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In September 1916 Capt Robinson was belatedly recommended for the MC.  This was downgraded to the MID.

Ferdinand Church, whom Quinn mentions as a possible DCM recipient, was instead awarded the Military Medal.  He may have taken the prisoner who Quinn received while with the covering party in no man’s land.  Quinn would not have entered the trenches at all.  There is no mention of last minute changes in roles and given that the raiders had trained for 2 weeks changes would not be expected.