Robert Roy ARTHUR

Badge Number: 3987, Sub Branch: Booleroo
3987

ARTHUR , Robert Roy

Service Number: 3469
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Booleroo Centre, South Australia , 1994
Home Town: Booleroo Centre, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Booleroo Centre West Primary
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Heart attack , Booleroo Centre, 10 August 1943
Cemetery: Booleroo Centre Cemetery
Memorials: Booleroo Centre WW1 Roll of Honour, Booleroo Centre War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3469, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
2 Nov 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3469, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 3469

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Biography contributed by Jazz Vandenbrand

 

Robert Roy Arthur

Service Number: 3469

Robert Roy Arthur was born on the 3rd March, 1893, the sixth son of John and Paulina Arthur. He lived in Booleroo Centre. He did his schooling at Booleroo West Primary. During this time it was very common to only do primary school and then go to help on the farm. Before enlisting he worked as a farmer. He didn’t have any prior military service.

He enlisted on the 12th, March 1917, three years after World War One had started. He embarked on the HMAT Commonwealth A73, when he was 24 years’ old. He was in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 30th reinforcement as a private but during his time in the war he was temporarily promoted to sergeant multiple times. His regiment was stationed in Egypt most of the time as they were patrolling pipe lines and the area near their bases. He learnt gas and helmet drills. When they were stationed there they encountered enemies with machine guns.

Robert Roy Arthur was awarded the British War medal (December 4th 1921) and Victory medal (December 9th, 1922).

After the war he married Lucy Lewis, on October 15th, 1919, who was a teacher at the time. They had five children, Keith, Marjorie, Eric, Iris and Rhonda. Roy was struggling with work on the farm after the war to support his wife and children, as the farming industry wasn’t a very profitable career. On Christmas Day 1942, his eldest son died after an operation for appendicitis serving in the RAAF during World War II. Roy died nine months later as a result of a sudden, massive heart attack. He was only 50 years of age. Just under six years after Roy’s passing Lucy died of cancer, aged 56.

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