Arthur Hezron ASHMEAD

ASHMEAD, Arthur Hezron

Service Number: 31664
Enlisted: 3 July 1916, Perth, WA
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Macleay River, NSW, 1876
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Death attributed to War Service, 24 November 1948, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Memorials: Trinity Church Perth HR
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World War 1 Service

3 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 31664, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , Perth, WA
23 Dec 1916: Involvement Driver, 31664, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Driver, 31664, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , RMS Orontes, Melbourne

Convalescence hospital

Arthur Ashmead was wounded in France during 1918 and became a patient at Chippenham (Wiltshire England) Red Cross Hospital.

He is included in the book Unity and Loyalty, ISBN: 9781914407048 that tells the story of the temporary hospital during the war. A number of Australians are included in the book which describes how the patients were cared for by the people of the town.

Chippenham Hospital

Australian, Arthur Ashmead, was wounded in April 1918 and arrived at
Chippenham in June 1918 having spent time at various military hospitals, including
Beaufort, recovering from his wounds. By the time he arrived at Chippenham his injuries were healing, but he was suffering from laryngitis and debility as he had also been the victim of mustard gas poisoning. On 18 November 1918 he returned to Australia still suffering from the debilitating effects of the gas attack. He was discharged from the military some months later. When he died in 1948 his death was attributed to his war service and his grave is now recognised as a war grave.

Chippenham is a market town in North Wiltshire in England. The above extract is taken from the forthcoming book, Unity and Loyalty to be published 2nd quarter 2021 by Chippenham Museum it describes
the Red Cross Hospital in the town where many Australian patients were treated.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

At the time of Arthur's death he was residing at Edgecliff NSW and was a retired Draughtsman.