Arthur Addison ASH

ASH, Arthur Addison

Service Number: 387
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woodville, South Australia, 2 August 1892
Home Town: Kensington Gardens, Burnside, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 February 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Burnside District Fallen Soldiers' Memorial - Rose Park, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burnside & District - Fallen Soldiers Memorial Trees - Rose Park, Magill Honour Board, Magill War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 387, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Wounded Private, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW (legs)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Wounded Lance Corporal, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , 2nd occasion - GSW (head)
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
7 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion
24 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 10th Infantry Battalion
25 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 387, 10th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

Ode to the Deepthinkers (God bless ‘em)

Ode to the Deepthinkers (God bless ‘em)
By Sergeant Arthur Addison Ash

You stay with the London wenches,
While our lads fight hard for fame.
Are the streets of England your trenches?
You – that would tarnish our name.
But old “Mars” above in his glory,
Is guiding the sword that spurred
Our lads to a noble victory.
You neutrals of the Forty Third.

Now let blood instead of the water,
Through your feeble bodies flow,
And petition Sir Edward to send you
When the tide of battles go,
Then away from the English wenches,
Away from the dull hall shade,
Clap on your armour and buckle your sword
And follow the Third Brigade.

Aye they died having lived full measure,
And their glory forbids regret,
While the men that cling to safety,
Shall envy their fortune yet.
Can’t you give up your North Sea fishing
And of bursting shells be not afraid???
Volunteer, Volunteer and follow
The men of the Third Brigade.

We reckoned that we had good reasons for sending this to their Adjutant as it took them two years to find out that there was a war on. Then they went to England where we can’t get after doing two years fighting. And to crown all they are putting a yarn round England that they are all the gentlemen, and the 1st Division are all chaps that were out of work and had join up to get a living. This is dinkum some of our chaps home on leave have been asked if it was true. Art

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Son of George ASH and Nellie nee MALCOLM