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Daryl Ballantyne Tunbridge was born in Ballarat and was an Accountant by trade when he enlisted in the Infantry Brigade Train 8 as a Driver on 16 August 1915 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915. In October 1917 he was moved to London to a posting in the Pay Corps, then, in May 1918, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps. After the war he was granted leave to return to Australia, via the United States, at his own expense. He embarked from England on the SS Magentic, transferred to the SS Sonoma at San Francisco and reached Melbourne on May 31st 1919.
He had two brothers that also served: Gunner Geoffrey Ballantyne Tunbridge, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 14 March 1918 (Tree No 2936) and Captain Walter Ballantyne Tunbridge, 9th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 18 December 1918 (Tree No. 504).
Tree No 1458