Arthur Thomas ROGERS MC

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ROGERS, Arthur Thomas

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 August 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 3 June 1889
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in action, France, 29 September 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
29 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 32nd Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1918: Involvement Captain, 32nd Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1919: Honoured Military Cross, 'During the operations near Fontaine-les-Cappy, on 27th-29th August, 1918, he led his company with great gallantry and skill, and protected the flank of the battalion, advancing well ahead of the line, through an intricate system of trenches and wire, and capturing the ruined village of Fay. When held up by machine gun fire he made a skilful reconnaissance to the front, and obtained information which enabled him, after dark, to advance and force back the enemy. His fine leadership inspired his men with great confidence.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67 Date: 3 June 1919

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of the late Edward and Mary ROGERS of 126 Addis Street, Kalgoorlie, WA

Military Cross

'During the operations near Fontaine-les-Cappy, on 27th-29th August, 1918, he led his company with great gallantry and skill, and protected the flank of the battalion, advancing well ahead of the line, through an intricate system of trenches and wire, and capturing the ruined village of Fay. When held up by machine gun fire he made a skilful reconnaissance to the front, and obtained information which enabled him, after dark, to advance and force back the enemy. His fine leadership inspired his men with great confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

He was the only son, and sole support of this mother.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From In Memory Of

In Memory Of Captain Arthur Thomas Rogers MC, 32nd Battalion.

He was a soldier from Perth, Western Australia.

Only son of Mary Jane Rogers, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and the late Edward James Rogers.

Prior to enlistment, he embarked as a Lieutenant with D Company from Adelaide on the 18th of November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong for Suez.

The battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during June 1916. Lieutenant Rogers was wounded in action at the Battle of Fromelles July 1916 and was evacuated to England for treatment and recuperation.

After discharge from hospital he was transferred to the 8th Training Battalion and served as the Adjutant from late October 1916 until late January 1917. He was promoted to Captain on the 29th of January 1917 and re-joined his battalion near Fricourt on the 8th of February 1917.

Captain Rogers was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for his initiative, courage and devotion to duty in operations near Fontaine-les-Cappy on the 27th-29th of August 1918.

Captain Rogers was killed in action near Nauroy, France, on the 29th of September 1918. He was aged 29 years.

He nearly made it to the end of the war.

Inscription on his grave at Bellicourt British Cemetery in France... “LOVED AND ONLY SON OF MRS. M. ROGERS TRUE TILL DEATH”

Lest We Forget.

Most of the information and photograph came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM P09291.491

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