Arthur was born in England and had served for 12 years in the Royal West Kent Regiment. Arthur enlisted at in the AIF on August 17, 1914 – joining 2nd Battalion E Company as a Lance Sergeant. On the 18’h of October, aged 28 years old, Arthur’s unit embarked from Sydney on board A23 Suffolk. On April 5th 1915, Arthur embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign) where he was wounded in action. On May 5th 1915 Arthur was shot in the right side of his face. On May 7th 1915 he was promoted to Sergeant while still at the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was admitted to 1st General Hospital in Heliopolis, Cairo on May 9th. He had 2 surgeries to remove bullet and bone fragments but the bullet wound destroyed vision in his right eye permanently. Arthur was transferred to Convalescent Camp Helouan, Cairo on 30th July 1915 and commenced his return to Sydney, Australia from Suez on board HT Themistocles on 15th August 1915. He was discharged from the AIF (medically unfit) on 16th December 1915.
Research by Matthew Stocks
To be unveiled by Ms Elise Archer MHA & Matthew Stocks