Arthur Waldridge PINK

PINK, Arthur Waldridge

Service Number: 689
Enlisted: 20 March 1915, An original of C Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1886
Home Town: Wentworth, Wentworth, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ships fireman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 August 1916
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2 Beaumont Hamel, France
Plot XXXVII, Row B, Grave No. 7 (Remains discovered 1930), Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 689, 24th Infantry Battalion, An original of C Company
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, 689, 24th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, 689, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

In the Red Cross Wounded and Missing file of 638 Private William Hyder is the following report,

“Hyder was killed at the right of Mouquet Farm. He was buried by a shell; about 20 yards of trenches was blown up and it buried Hyder together with Pte. Pink, Hardwicke, O’Loughnan and others. It was impossible to dig them out. It was at night.”

2116 Private S. Benson 6th AIF, T.M.B., War Hospital, Dustan, Northhampton. 3 March 1917.

Amazingly in late 1930, 14 years after their deaths, the remains of Privates Hyder, Pink and O'Loughlin were all discovered in the same spot at Pozieres. All were identified by their discs. A fourth unknown Australian soldier was found with them, "with Australia titles, 2 discs (illegible), and a knife marked C.LYNCH and WILSON. All four bodies were reburied in graves B5, B6, B7, and B8, Plot 37 of the Serre Road Cemetery No.2 Beaumont Hamel, France.

Although Pink was identified by his identity disc, there is nor record in his service file of the item being sent to his mother or sister in Middlesex, England.