Badge Number: 77139

LIMB, Arthur

Service Number: 5249
Enlisted: 29 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gawler, South Australia, 27 July 1893
Home Town: Gawler, Gawler, South Australia
Schooling: Gawler Public School, South Australia
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Tubercular, Gawler, South Australia, 7 May 1920, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Willaston General Cemetery, South Australia
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Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5249, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5249, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
11 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5249, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 May 1920: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 10 Battalion awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1920-05-07
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

AUFC & AUCC - Anzac Day 2015

Extract from the Adelaide University Football Club and Adelaide University Cricket Club document honouring "The Fallen" Anzac Day 2015.

Arthur played Intervarsity Football in 1914. He also played for AUFC in 1913 and 1914 and for AUCC from 1912 to 1915. He was a teacher studying for a BA. He played for Sturt FC, winning the Club Championship in 1915 and played in the premiership team of the same year.

Arthur enlisted 10th November 1915. He was a member of the 10th Battalion. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 31 May 1917 and to Lieutenant on 4 September 1917. He was ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ twice, 4 June 1918 and 31 December 1918. After serving in France, he returned to Australia on 29 June 1919 with acute bronchitis contracted on the journey back to Australia. He never recovered and died on 7 May 1920 after a haemorrhage while on leave at his home in Gawler. Limb is buried in the Willaston General Cemetery, South Australia. The cause of death was Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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Arthur Limb was a promising teacher and football player for Sturt Football Club on the outbreak of war.

He has left a remarkable legacy in the form of his diary, which has been published by the 10th Battalion AIF Association as a compendium volume along with the Battalion History "The Fighting Tenth" by Cecil Locke.  Copies are available by inquiry through RSL-SA State Branch via Mr Keith Harrison. 


"...Lieutenant Arthur Limb, 10th Battalion from Gawler, South Australia who was Mentioned in Despatches on two separate occasions. A 22 year old school teacher before enlisting on 10 November 1915, he embarked for overseas on 25 March 1916 with the 16th Reinforcements from Adelaide with the service number of 5249 and the rank of Acting Sergeant for the voyage aboard HMAT Shropshire. He reverted to Private on arrival overseas but was then promoted to Lance Corporal on 24 October 1916, to Second Lieutenant on 31 May 1917 and to Lieutenant on 4 September 1917. After serving in France with the 10th Battalion, he returned to Australia on 29 June 1919 and then died on 7 May 1920 while on leave at his home in Gawler. Lt Limb is buried in the Willaston General Cemetery, South Australia." - SOURCE (


The sad news of the death of Arthur Limb, Sturt's great forward in 1915, was received in Adelaide this morning. At the close of the first premiership year of the two-blues, Limb donned khaki and served his country gallantly in France, gaining the commission of lieutenant. Towards the end of last football season Limb arrived home, and when he left England, so well in health and condition was he that he wrote to his old club stating that he hoped to be back in time to help the team in the final games of the season. On the voyage out however, Limb contracted a severe cold, which developed tubercular trouble, and instead of entering the football field as he had so fondly hoped he went to Bedford Park for treatment. Recently he returned to his home at Gawler, apparently improved in health, but a serious change which occurred on Friday night resulted in his death a few hours later. The deceased was a brother of Bert and Allan Limb, also well known Sturt players years ago. By the death of Arthur Limb, Sturt has lost a valued and popular clubmate and the football world a sterling and honest player." - from the Adelaide Mail 08 May 1920 (


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Arthur LIMB was born in Gawler, South Australia on 27th July, 1893

His parents were John LIMB & Mary Ann ALLEN

He died on 7th May, 1920 from a tubercular condition following a severe cold and is buried in the Willaston General Cemetery in South Australia