Arthur Beaumont GOARD

GOARD, Arthur Beaumont

Service Number: 6744
Enlisted: 18 July 1916, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Murrurundi, New South Wales, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Broken Head, Byron Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Murrurundi Public School, Fort Street School, Hawkesbury Agricultural College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium
V A 7, Aeroplane Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Head St Oswald Anglican Church Memorial Lectern, Broken Head St Oswald's Anglican Church Memorial Altar, Broken Head St Oswald's Anglican Church and Plaque, Byron Bay Memorial Gates, Richmond University of Western Sydney WW1 Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6744, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Sydney, NSW
8 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 6744, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
8 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 6744, 2nd Infantry Battalion, SS Port Nicholson, Sydney
4 Oct 1917: Involvement Corporal, 6744, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William and Selina GOARD, Public School, Gunning, New South Wales

Mr. W. S. Goard, Public school. Gunning, has received advice that his eldest son, Corpl. Arthur Beaumont Goard, was killed in France on October 2. The deceased, who was a third  diploma student at the Hawkesbury Agricultural College In 1907, was in his 29th year, and prior to enlisting had been dairy farming at Broken Head, Byron Bay. His brother Raymond is on active service.

In conveying the news of the sad but noble death of Lance-Corpl. Arthur Beaumont Goard, who was killed in action in France on the 3rd of last month, the Chaplain of the  troopship ' Port Nicholson,' the Rev, A. H. Gribble, writes to the bereaved parents: — '-Your dear boy was my best friend on the Port Nicholson, we had a happy time together,  much good resulting with our soldier boys, this was due to the efforts of your noble laddie. He was one of Christ's very own. You have no cause to be uncertain or anxious about  him, he is with his Divine Lord, he loved and served so well. I rejoice in the knowledge that such a lad was my friend; his life on our troopship was an inspiration to myself and all  on board.' To a family united by strong bonds of affection and of consistently religious temperaments such words are precious and consoling in the fullest sense. The Rev. Mr.  Gribble (who was rector of Coonamble), at the time of writing, was on the eve of leaving for the front for the third time, and two of his sons had been killed in action.

The memorial Church of England at Broken Head was dedicated and blessed by Rev. Dr. Ashton, Bishop of Grafton in April 1922.  It was in every sense of the word a memorial church, the first donation having been bequeathed by the will of the late Corporal A.B. Goard (AIF) the land on which the church was erected was the gift of Mrs. W.S. Goard of Manly, and late of Gunning and Byron Bay.