Arthur James HAMLYN MM


HAMLYN, Arthur James

Service Number: 6492
Enlisted: 6 May 1916, Dubbo NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Torrensvale, Yankalilla, South Australia, 18 February 1894
Home Town: Yankalilla, Yankalilla, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, vicinity of Noreuil, France, 5 May 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Second Valley War Memorial, Yankalilla War Memorial Wall
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World War 1 Service

6 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6492, 4th Infantry Battalion, Dubbo NSW
30 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6492, 4th Infantry Battalion
30 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6492, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney

Arthur James HAMLYN

Arthur Hamlyn Enlisted 6 May 1916 No 6492 Dubbo NSW. Transferred to 4th Batt. Liverpool. Embarked Sydney 30 Sep 1916 O.C.Troops A.60 "Aeneas", Disembarked Plymouth 19 Nov 1916. Proceeded to France 20 Mar 1917 (Larkhill) via Folkestone. Marched in to Etaples. Joined 4th Batt 23 Mar 1917. Awarded Military Medal in the Field 10 May 1917.
ANZAC Section, 3rd. Echelon, GHQ.,
Killed In Action France 5th May 1917.
Buried in vicinity of Noreuil. Noreuil Australian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

The Advertiser, Sat 9 Jun 1917.
HAMLYN.-Killed in action, in France, on May 5, Arthur James Hamlyn, dearly beloved son of Mrs. K. Hamlyn. Second Valley, aged 23 years
-Inserted by his loving- mother, sisters, and brothers Too far away from us, dear James, your grave to see, But not too far to think of thee.

The Journal, Wed 25 Jul 1917.
Mrs K. Hamlyn, Second Valley, has received a message of sympathy from the officer of the platoon in which her late son, Pte. Arthur James Hamlyn, served. The writer says:—"Your son died at his post on May 5. I was near him at the time, and although I have been with the 4th Battalion even since it left Australia, I never saw a braver lad. A week before he died I recommended him for the Military Medal, which he received. I intended making him corporal as soon as we came out of the line. You lose a good son, and I my bravest soldier."


Researched by Hayden Biddle in 2008

Personal Details: Arthur was born near the town of Torrens Vale and lived in Second Valley working as a labourer. He was a son to Katherine Hamlyn of Second Valley. Arthur was 5’ 6” and weighed 124 pounds with brown hair.

Enlistment Details: Arthur enlisted on the 6th of May 1916 in Second Valley South Australia. He was aged 22 years and 2 months at the time
Details about his role in War: Arthur departed Australia from Sydney aboard the Aeneas on the 30th of September 1916. He disembarked at Plymouth on the 19th of November that same year. From there he proceeded to France on the 20th March, 1917 where he was taken on strength by the 4th Battalion on the 25th. On the 15th of April 1917 Arthur showed great courage in the line of duty. He would eventually be awarded the military medal for his act. The official citation read: In the attack on 15th April, 1917, by the Germans on Demicourt this man showed great courage and devotion to duty. He saved a critical situation by moving into the open and sniping the entire crew of a German machine gun silencing its fire altogether. Then on the 5th of May 1917 Arthur was killed in action as the 4th Battalion took position in support lines at Bullecourt. They had been relieved in the front line earlier in the day and had returned to the railway embankment when they were hit by heavy enemy shelling. He was buried in the vicinity of Noreuil but his remains were not recovered and he is remembered on the wall of the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Brettoneux.
Date of Death: 5th May 1917
Age at Death: 23 years 2 months
Memorial Details: 26 Villers Bretonneux-France

Interesting Material: Arthur Hamlyn’s diary is kept at the Australian War Memorial but we did not receive the copy we ordered in time for this trip. Commemorated by Hayden Biddle 2nd December 2008

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CORRECTION: The Family name as listed on the Embarkation Roll is IFAMYLN. The Service Record and  Roll of Honour verfiy that the correction Family name is HAMLYN. The RSL Virtual War Memorial Record has been amended to accordingly. Amendment undertaken by the RSL Virtual War Memorial Chief Moderator, May 2015.