Arthur Charles (Bomber) METCALFE


METCALFE, Arthur Charles

Service Number: 823
Enlisted: 24 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, January 1892
Home Town: Cooks Hill, Newcastle West, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Bomb explosion, Belgium, Wytschaete sector, messines, 16 March 1918
Cemetery: Somer Farm Cemetery
Somer Farm Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 14), Wytschaete, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cooks Hill St John's Honor Roll, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 823, 36th Infantry Battalion
13 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 823, 36th Infantry Battalion
13 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 823, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
7 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 55th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell

Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

102 years ago today, on the 16th March 1918, Private (Bomber) Arthur Charles Metcalfe, 55th Battalion, labourer from 143 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales, fell at Messines Ridge, Belgium, age 26.

Born at Cooks Hill, New South Wales on the 31st December 1891 to Thomas Abraham (died 1931) and Sophia (died 1898) Metcalfe; husband of Mary Bridget Metcalfe nee Ward (married 20.4.1916) of 41 Bull Street, Cooks Hilll, New South Wales and 18 Council Street, Cooks Hill, N.S.W. and Bridge Street, Branxton, N.S.W., Arthur enlisted February 1916 with the 36th Battalion at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 13.12.1916 with mumps, Pte Metcalfe is resting at Somer Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Row B Grave 14.

His name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill St. John's Anglican Church Honor Roll, Book of Gold and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall at Sandgate Cemetery. Name not inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour.
Memorialised at his family’s gravesite at Sandgate Cemetery.

Arthur's wife Mary re-married 1921 to Edward Lewis, died 1969.
Lest We Forget.