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Arthur Archibald MACBETH

Regimental number1088
Place of birthFort William, Scotland
SchoolAlbert Road School, Glasgow, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia28
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBank accountant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMrs E. Macbeth, 8 Leven Street, Poillokshields, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 1st Lanarkshire Volunteers, Scotland; resigned on going abroad.
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'At the age of 18 he trained as a volunteer in the Glasgow Highlanders (now the H.L.I. [Highland Light Infantry]) and was an enthusiast in all sports and games. At the age of 20 he transferred to the British Bank of South America in London and after a year's training went out to Buenos Aires where he became accountant in the B.B.S.A. Bank there. After a residence of 5 years he went to Queensland & from there to Sydney where he had been residing ... when war broke out.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Date of death27 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 15), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
30
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Euphemia MACBETH, 8 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Scotland. Native of Fort William, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, 25-29 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held at Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916, declared fate as 'Killed in Action, 25-29 April 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1880609W, 171 Pte E.A. GOLDSMITH, C Company, 1st Bn (patient, Luna Park Hospital, Heliopolis, Cairo), 9 September 1915: 'Informant was with Macbeth at the landing on 25/4/15, and saw him slightly wounded in the left side. Later on the same day Macbeth is said to have been again wounded in the mouth and left hand by shrapnel. Informant was told by Pte. Allen, 1 A.I.F. that he pulled Macbeth into the cover of some bushes. Pte Binks also told informant that he and Pte Saunders had been with Macbeth in the cover and that Macbeth was then in dying condition. Biks had looked at the identification disc of Macbeth. They had also shouted to a M.G. section not to fire on the bushes as there was a dying Australian under them.N.B. According to list Macbeth was reported wounded on April 29. Informant states that he is certain he died of wounds on the evening of April 25.'

Second statement, 96 Pte W. EGAN, A Company, 1st Bn, 3 January 1916: 'While lying down in the front line on the hill he was hit by an explosive bullet in the mouth and apparently killed instantaneously, for he never moved. Witness was only a few yards away and saw the occurrence. He was probably buried in the large pit above the beach.'

Third statement, 198 Pte W. McJACKETT, A Company, 1st Bn, 20 February 1916: 'Witness is apparently a reliable intelligent man. He states that Macbeth was first wounded on the mouth, but that was not serious. He was killed on Monday 26th April. A bullet passed through his chest. Witness actually saw him dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACBETH Arthur Archibald
Red Cross File No 1880609W

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