Sir Arthur Murray CUDMORE CMG

CUDMORE, Arthur Murray

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 May 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: Medical Officers
Born: "Paringa" near Renmark, 1870
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide University
Occupation: Medical Practioner
Died: 27 February 1951, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide Royal Adelaide Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 3rd Australian General Hospital
20 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 3rd Australian General Hospital
20 May 1915: Embarked 3rd Australian General Hospital, RMS Mooltan, Adelaide
6 Aug 1918: Involvement Medical Officers
6 Aug 1918: Embarked Medical Officers, SS Gaika, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Excerpt from Blood Sweat and Fears: Medical Practitioners and Medical Students of South Australian who Served in World War 1. Courtesy of the Authors

Arthur Murray Cudmore was born at ‘Paringa,’ second son of James Cudmore, on his family's sheep station on the River Murray near Renmark. His love of the country was a life long interest as was an interest in duck shooting. A left eye dominance required a curved stock for his Evans shotgun so that the gun at his right shoulder was brought up under his left eye. He was educated at St Peter’s College and the University of Adelaide where he graduated MB BS in 1894. He then travelled to London where he took the MRCS-LRCP in 1896 and trained in surgery at The London Hospital and at St Mark's Hospital for diseases of the rectum. He obtained the FRCS in 1899 before returning to Adelaide where he was appointed Honorary Assistant Surgeon in 1901 and Honorary Surgeon from 1905-1925 when his 20 year appointment expired. He was lecturer in Clinical Surgery at the University of Adelaide from 1908-1919. He married Kathleen Cavenagh-Mainwaring in 1901 and they had two daughters.

Cudmore, aged 44 years, 5ft 10ins and weighing 11st 6lbs, joined the reinforcements for 3 AGH in April 1915. He embarked for the Middle East on the RMS Mooltan on 15th May1915. He served at Gallipoli and on Lemnos before contracting paratyphoid in December 1915. He was admitted with the diagnosis of paratyphoid, emphysema and myocardial insufficiency. He returned to South Australia where he was discharged  permanently unfit for service. Notwithstanding this he was consulting surgeon to 4 MD at Keswick and, mid 1918, returned overseas in the rank of lieutenant colonel and served in Great Britain and France before returning to Adelaide and was discharged in mid-1919.

Cudmore returned to surgical practice where he was remembered for his quiet voice, courtesy, and his simple sometimes delightfully repetitive teaching and his safe gentle surgery. He was a significant contributor to founding of the Dental School at the University of Adelaide and was Dean of the Dental Faculty and President of the Dental Board of SA. His hobbies included golf and motoring. He helped found the Royal Automobile Association of SA and was President in 1935. He was President of the Royal Adelaide Golf Club from 1925-1927. He appointed CMG in 1935 and knighted in 1945. Sir Arthur Murray Cudmore died on 27th February 1951 and his wife passed away on the 8th March 1951

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