Arthur Donald LISTON

Badge Number: 4799, Sub Branch: Morphett Vale

LISTON, Arthur Donald

Service Number: 1865
Enlisted: 4 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 2 August 1882
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer/Town clerk
Died: Natural causes (pneumonia), Adelaide, South Australia, 13 May 1976, aged 93 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Morphett Vale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1865, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1865, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1865, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
14 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1865, 9th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Gordon Curtis

About Arthur Donald Liston

He was born in Adelaide but his parents later moved to Morphett Vale where they had an almond orchard.

Went to France during WWI where he was an artillery man. Apparently went AWOL at the war's end as he wanted to have a look at Europe and knew he would not have another chance. On his return he was demoted from sergeant to private. This didn't really bother him since he did not plan to stay in the army in any case.

Went back to almond orcharding, having obtained a returned soldiers grant to acquire extra land.

He met Doreen Bice at the local tennis club and they married. He was 40 and she 20. (He had been engaged to another before the war but she married another in his absence.)

They continued orcharding at Morphett Vale where his brothers also were orchardists. When his daughters were in their teens though their mother wanted to move to an area where they could get a better education so they moved to Plympton near Adelaide. There the girls went to Adelaide Girls High and later on both went to University so the parents move was worthwhile.

In the 1950's they brought a house at Marryatville in Adelaide. This was an area that Doreen knew well from childhood as she had had various relatives, including Grandfather Sir John Bice living there. The house at Marryatville has an acre of land with it (apparently it belonged to people running a nursery before the land was sub-divided). Donald, even in his nineties, would dig the whole block over during the course of a year. The garden when Donald was living was always lovely.