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Williams, Arthur (2904)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 27 years 9 Months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 6 November 1916 – Sydney, NSW

Service Number: 2904            view online service record

People’s Palace
Sydney, NSW

Next of Kin:
Lucy May Willoughby (sister)
10 Henderson Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Saturday, 25 November 1916
Ship: HMAT Beltana A72
Port: Sydney, NSW
Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion – 6th Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 22 August 1918
Place: France

Correspondence with the Military Authorities in July 1918 show Arthur’s sister Lucy living at 180 Ross Street, Port Melbourne.

Private, 33 Infantry, killed in action 22 August, 1918, France, aged 29, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Picardie, France.

Sister: Mrs Lucy May WILLOUGHBY, born Port Melbourne. Williams enlisted as a 27-year-old labourer in November, 1916 with his sister shown at 10 Henderson Street, South Melbourne. His case presents something of a mystery – the Attestation suggests he had earlier served a year and seven months with the 6 Light Horse before being discharged with enteric. William’s has two dossiers in the National Archives and possibly because of this he was deemed (incorrectly) ineligible for the 1914-15 Star, but his original enlistment as No. 1052 on 20 January 1915 and subsequent embarkation rolls for the 6th Light Horse shows him as embarking from Sydney on 28 June, 1915, his address shown c/o his step-father, W W Willoughby at 10 Henderson Street. No known grave; no circular returned. Also on South Melbourne Roll.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted June 21, 2017 1.02 pm 0Likes

    WILLOUGHBY.—Killed in action in France, August 22, 1918, after three years’ service, Private Arthur Williams Willoughby, No. 2904, 33rd Battalion, stepson of the late W. H. Willoughby, and loving nephew of Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray, of West Melbourne, and Mrs. Thompson, Wyalong, N.S.W.; also grandson of Grandpa Willoughby.

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