Service Number: 1326
Enlisted: 14 October 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 21 March 1893
Home Town: Maffra, Wellington, Victoria
Schooling: Maffra State School
Occupation: Baker
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 2 May 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Courtney’s and Steel's Post Cemetery
Special Memorial 1, Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sale Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

14 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1326, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1326, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1326, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1326, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1326, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Born 21 Mar 1893 in Walkerville, Adelaide, SA (SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 518 Page: 241 District: Ade.)

Mother: Mary Ann ABERNEATHY (Father noted on birth certificate as unknown). Mother later known as Mrs Mary Ann Sparling of 54 Hanmer Street, Williamstown, Victoria

His mother stated that he had been a 'mechanic'.

He was an apprentice with McMillan in Shepparton for 12 months.

His stated his Next of Kin as his fiancee, Miss Maud H Shingles, Maffra, Gippsland, Victoria

Described on enlisting as 21 years 6months old; engaged; 5' 5" tall; 133 lbs; medium complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair; Presbyterian

15/10/1914      Enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria

15/10/1914      Commanding Officer appointed Arthur to 14th Battalion Broadmeadows Camp

22/12/1914      Embarked from Port Melbourne aboard HMAT Berrima as a Private with 1st reinforcements, 14th Infantry Battalion

12/04/1915      Embarked aboard HMAT Ionian to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces at Gallipoli 

02/05/1915      Killed in action at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli

Commemorated Courtney's and Steele's Post Cemetery (Special Memorial 1)

Medals: - sent to mother -
1914-15 Star (10082); British War medal (6878);  Victory medal (6852); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (308343)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21/5/2015.  Lest we forget.