Arthur Charles THWAITES

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THWAITES, Arthur Charles

Service Number: 21044
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Sydney, NSW, 1878
Home Town: Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Assistant Dispenser
Died: Jumped overboard whilst delirious from Pyrexia, At sea (Indian Ocean onboard HMAT A 36 SS Boonah), 9 December 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lost at Sea
Memorials: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 21044, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
22 Oct 1918: Embarked Private, SN 21044, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Boonah, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

The soldier, Sgt. A. C. Thwaites, who jumped overboard from the transport Boonah, while in delirium consequent on influenza, enlisted at Lithgow a year ago, where he was engaged as a district inspector for Beale and Company. When being tendered a farewell at Lithgow, Thwaites said he had a premonition he would never live to return to Australia. Although he saw no fighting, the presentiment proved correct.