Hugo Robert ARTHUR

ARTHUR, Hugo Robert

Service Number: 4745
Enlisted: 15 January 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Burry Port, near Swansea, Wales, 1882
Home Town: Kensington, South Australia
Schooling: Wales and England
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 11 August 1918
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Grave VII. C. 1., Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide Commissioner of Public Works Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Norwood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 4745, 32nd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 4745, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, 4745, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Mar 1882 Arthur Hugo Robert Llanelly 11a 775
Llanelly spans the boundaries of the counties of Carmarthenshire and Glamorgan and includes Burry Port.

Burry Port (Welsh: Porth Tywyn) is a small town on the outskirts of Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the Loughor estuary (Moryd Llwchwr).

The town is home to a harbour and is where Amelia Earhart landed as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Hugo was born at Burry Port, the son of Robert John Arthur and Emma Lucy Arthur (nee Hart). He had emigrated to Australia with his wife Gladys Blodwen Arthur early in 1914, and set up home at Kensington, NSW. Hugo enlisted at Adelaide on 1 January 1917 and joined the 13th Reinforcements of the 43rd Battalion, which embarked at Adelaide on 23 June 1917 aboard HMAT Borda bound for England. The Battalion was part of 11 Brigade, 3rd Australian Division, and Hugo joined them in France on 18 December 1917. The Division had just come through the Battles of Third Ypres, and had suffered heavy casualties there. Early in 1918 Hugo broke his ankle, and spent time at Edmonton Military Hospital recovering, therefore missing the terrible time of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front throughout March and April 1918. On 21 July 1918 he rejoined his unit on the Somme, where they were preparing to launch a major offensive near Villers Brettoneux, astride the old Roman Road from Amiens to Péronne. Hugo was killed in action here, during the Battle of Amiens, on 11 August 1918, just days after the Australian Corps had won an impressive Battle at Villers Brettoneux, which proved to be the turning point of the war. He was 35 years old.