Photo of H. B. Wanliss

H. B. Wanliss


14th Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Distinguished Service Order

Tree Information

  • Species: Not Assessed
  • Planted By: Mr. Fiskin
  • Plaque: 1384

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Harold Boyd Wanliss was born in Ballarat, but stated on his enlistment papers that he was a farmer from East St Kilda. He was a Captain in the 14th Infantry Battalion. On the night of 2/3 July 1916 he led a raiding party against the enemy trenches. He displayed conspicuous bravery, and although he was wounded three times that night the raid was successful due to his outstanding leadership. On 26th September 117 he was killed in action at Polygon Wood. His name is on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for æconspicuous gallantry and determination when leading an attacking party during a raid. He forced the wire which was uncut, entered the trench, inflicted heavy loss on the enemy, and superrvised the withdrawal. While forcing the wire he was wounded in the face; later was wounded by a bullet in the neck; and finally, when withdrawing, he was again wounded, and had to be carried in. He set a fine example to all with him.'
Tree No. 1384

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour