Roy Edward ARBON

ARBON, Roy Edward

Service Number: 4429
Enlisted: 2 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: White Hill, Victoria, Australia, April 1892
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Marist Brother's College, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: GSW left arm & back - severe, Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: Nottingham General Cemetery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Grave No.01555
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor, Bendigo Marist Brothers College Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4429, Depot Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4429, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
28 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4429, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
15 Jul 1916: Wounded Private, 4429, 57th Infantry Battalion, Shell wound (back)
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4429, 57th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 4429 awm_unit: 57 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-07-19

CWGC data

Roy Edward ARBON. Private 4420 57th Australian Infantry died 19th July 1916 aged 22. Son of Edward and Mary Arbon, of 113, Bridge St., Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Born at Bendigo and is at rest in Nottingham General Cemetery, Nottinghamshire

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Biography contributed by John Edwards


Mrs. Arbon, of 111 Bridge Street, received a cable message through the Defence Department from Father McReavey. stating that her son, Stretcher-bearer R. E. Arbon, of the 57th Battalion, has died in France. The cause it not yet reported — but most probably he was killed in action. Pte. Arbon was well known in Bendigo particularly in sporting circles. He was a member of the Albion Imps, and an employe of Mr. J. Collier, boot dealer." - from the Bendigo Independent 27 Jul 1916 (


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 19th July......Private Roy Edward Arbon was born at Bendigo, Victoria in 1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 24th July, 1915 as a 22 year old Bootmaker (Boot repairer & salesman) from Bendigo.

Private Arbon embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on 28th January, 1916 with the 14th Reinforcements of 7th Battalion. He arrived at Suez on 28th February, 1916 & was transferred to the newly raised 57th Battalion on 29th March, 1916.

Private Arbon embarked from Alexandria on 17th June, 1916 to join M.E.F. (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 23rd June, 1916.

Private Roy Edward Arbon was wounded in action in France on 15th July, 1916. He was invalided to England & admitted to Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham on 19th July, 1916 with bullet wounds to left arm & back - severe.

Private Roy Edward Arbon died at 11.30 pm on 19th July, 1916 at Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England from wounds received in action in France - gunshot wounds to spine & internal haemorrhage. He was buried in Nottingham General Cemetery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England where 2 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)