Arthur Benjamin TOWERS

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TOWERS, Arthur Benjamin

Service Number: 15249
Enlisted: 6 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 7th Field Company Engineers
Born: Gawler, South Australia, 4 February 1884
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver (S.A.R.)
Died: Died of Illness, (TB & meningitis), Dundee, Scotland, 2 December 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery
Western Necropilis (Plot DD, Row 4, Grave 115)
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murray Bridge Hospital Memorial Gates, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 15249, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15249, Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15249, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
2 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15249, 7th Field Company Engineers
Date unknown: Wounded SN 15249, 2nd Field Company Engineers

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

"RAILWAY STAFF CHANGES

Mr. A. B. Towers, of the locomotive department, has been appointed fireman on the southern division, with his home station at Bordertown." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 15 Jan 1914 (nla.gov.au)

"RAILWAY APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS.

Mr. A. B. Towers, of the locomotive department, has been appointed to the position of fireman on the southern division, his home station being at Murray Bridge." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 10 Apr 1914 (nla.gov.au)

"DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

TOWERS.—On the 2nd December, at Dundee War Hospital, Sapper Arthur Benjamin Towers, late 7th Field Company Engineers, A.I.F., dearly loved and only son of Benjamin and Edith Towers, Vine-street, Prospect." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 18 Dec 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS. DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

Sapper A. B. TOWERS, of the 7th Field Company Engineers, only son. of Mr. and Mrs. B. Towers, No. 4 Vine-street, Prospect, who was severely wounded for the third time, died from meningitis in the Dundee War Hospital on December 1. He was formerly employed in the South Australian Railways Department." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 29 Dec 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"HEROES OF THE GREAT WAR.

TOWERS.—In loving memory of Sapper A. B. Towers, who died of meningitis in Dundee Military Hospital, Scotland, on December 2, 1917.

"At rest". —Inserted by his loving friend, B. Nicholls.

TOWERS.—In loving memory of our dear and only son and brother, Sapper Arthur Towers, 7th Field Engineers, died in the Dundee War Hospital on December 2, 1917.

He sleeps not in his native land,

But under foreign skies,

Far away from those who loved him.

In a hero's grave he lies. —Inserted by his loving mother and father and sisters, Prospect." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 02 Dec 1918 (nla.gov.au)

 

 

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