Arthur Ernest JEFFRIES


JEFFRIES, Arthur Ernest

Service Number: 6997
Enlisted: 18 October 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, 10 September 1892
Home Town: Tamworth, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Broncho pneumonia, At Sea, HMAT Benalla, near Sth Africa, 25 November 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Tamworth ANZAC Park Memorial Gates, Tamworth Methodist Church Circuit Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6997, 1st Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6997, 1st Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6997, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 25th November…… Arthur Ernest Jeffries was born at Tamworth, New South Wales on 10th September, 1892.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 18th October, 1916 as a 24 year old, single, Farmer from Tamworth, NSW.

On 9th November, 1916 Private Arthur Ernest Jeffries, Service number 6997, embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Benalla (A24) with the 1st Infantry Battalion, 23rd Reinforcements.

Private Arthur Ernest Jeffries died at 6.15 pm on 25th November, 1916 at Sea on board HMAT Benalla (A24). The Senior Medical Officer on board HMAT Benalla wrote “This is to certify that I attended Private Jeffries during his last illness, and that I last saw him on November 25th, 1916 at 6.15 pm. And that he died at 6.15 pm November 25th, 1916. To the best of my knowledge the cause of death is as follows:- Primary Broncho Pneumonia. Secondary Syncope.”

He was buried at Sea on 25th November, 1916 from HMAT Benalla (A24). He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England as he has no grave. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Private Jeffries was one of four soldiers to die on board HMAT Benalla – No. 7057 Sydney George Style died on 27th November, 1916 from Meningitis; No 7049 Horace Bowden Osborne died on 29th November, 1916 from Meningitis & No. 2652 Eric William Toms died on 30th November, 1916 from Meningitis – as listed in a Telegram from South African Military Command to Secretary of Defence, Melbourne, Victoria on 30th November, 1916.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)