Arthur William BAZLEY MSM

BAZLEY, Arthur William

Service Number: 69
Enlisted: 5 October 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant
Last Unit: AIF Headquarters
Born: Prahran, Victoria, 4 August 1896
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 31 July 1972, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 69, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 69, Headquarters Staff, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 69, Headquarters Staff, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 69, Headquarters Staff, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, SN 69, 1st Division Headquarters, "The Last Hundred Days"
10 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, AIF Headquarters

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Biography

Arthur Bazley was batman for Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (adb.anu.edu.au)

"Arthur William Bazley (1896-1972), military historian and public servant, was born on 4 August 1896 at South Yarra, Melbourne, eldest child of Arthur Edwin Bazley, coach-builder, and his wife Georgina Victoria, née Gibson, both native-born. Educated at South Yarra State School, young Arthur was employed as a clerk on the Argus newspaper. He served three years in the senior cadets and three months with the artillery, and claimed to be 19 when he enlisted on 5 October 1914 in the Australian Imperial Force. Although formally designated batman to the war correspondent Charles Bean, he assisted him as clerk and typist.

Embarking from Melbourne that month, 'Baz' served at Gallipoli and helped Bean to edit The Anzac Book (London, 1916). They worked together on the Western Front from April 1916 to June 1917; Bazley was then transferred to the War Records Section at A.I.F. Headquarters, London, and made several visits to France in 1918. He was promoted staff sergeant in November. Next year pneumonic influenza forced him to withdraw from Bean's mission to Gallipoli, but he rejoined the group in Cairo, returned to Australia in May and was discharged from the A.I.F. in August. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. On 1 October 1919 at Christ Church, South Yarra, he married with Anglican rites Annie Celia Chalk (d.1941), a Londoner..." - SOURCE AND READ MORE (adb.anu.edu.au)

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