Arthur Harold HECKER

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HECKER, Arthur Harold

Service Numbers: 1044, 1044A
Enlisted: 14 March 1916, Mildura, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia, 20 June 1900
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: SW multiple, 89th Field Ambulance, France, 2 August 1918, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Borre British Cemetery
Borre British Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 15), France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dunolly Great War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, Mildura, Victoria
20 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 38th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
7 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 7th Infantry Battalion
29 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044, 7th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele , GSW to left foot
2 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1044A, 7th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

Arthur Harold William HECKER

When Arthur Harold William Hecker was born on 20 June 1900 in St Arnaud, Victoria, his father, Ludwig, was 32 and his mother, Agnes, was 24. He had four brothers and eight sisters. He died during WW1 as a teenager on 2 August 1918 in Borre, Nord, France, and was buried there. Arthur Harold William Hecker was born on 20 June 1900 in St Arnaud, Victoria, to Agnes Saunders (sister of Elizabeth Saunders), age 24, and Ludwig Aka Louis Patrick Hecker, age 32.
His sister Valda Doreen was born in 1901 in St Arnaud, Victoria, when Arthur Harold William was 1 year old. She died in 1992
His brother Norman Leonard was born on 27 February 1903 in St Arnaud, Victoria, when Arthur Harold William was 2 years old. He died in 1961.
His mother Agnes passed away on 4 March 1903 in St Arnaud, Victoria, at the age of 27.
His sister Doris was born on 7 February 1906 in Victoria when Arthur Harold William was 5 years old.
His sister Muriel Elizabeth was born on 31 July 1908 in Dunolly, Victoria, when Arthur Harold William was 8 years old. She died in 1987.
His sister Hazel Olive was born in 1912 in Bendigo, Victoria, when Arthur Harold William was 12 years old. She died in 1954
Arthur Harold William Hecker died on 2 August 1918 in Borre, Nord, France, when he was 18 years old.

I am the son of the late Muriel Elizabeth Kelly (Hecker) a soldier from the Vietnam War and have praise for my Uncle of whom I never met.

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Biography contributed by Patricia Hecker

"...1044 Private Arthur Harold Hecker, 38th Battalion. A labourer from Bendigo, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Hecker embarked with C Company from Melbourne on HMAT Runic on 20 June 1916. Later transferring to the 7th Battalion with the service number 1044A, he was wounded in action. On 2 August 1918 he succumbed to his wounds and was buried in the Borre British Cemetery, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

 Pte Arthur Harold Hecker was my Great Uncle. He was with the 7th Battalion in ww1 he joined up when he was 15 and sadly died at 18 near the end of the Great War. He was admitted to hospital though illness 5 times, wounded once and went back to the front every time

Finally he was hit by multiple pieces fo shell and died to days later. I don't want his memory to ever be forgotten. He is buried in a Commonwealth cemetery in France. Only a kid. Im hugely proud of this YOUNG lad who faced what the worst the world can throw at one but never turned away from his mates. His story needs to be told AND NEVER FORGOTTEN.
LEST WE FORGET XXXX - From Fix Corn

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