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Arthur Coventry Lerouse PYBUS

Regimental number3087
Place of birthWanganui, New Zealand
SchoolPrivate education, and public high school
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelegraphist
Address'[Richmond', Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3.75"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, J B Pybus, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the New Zealand Territorial Force for broken periods.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 20th
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
159
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Lucy McCHESNEY (formerly PYBUS), Marton, New Zealand, and the late John PYBUS
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2369 Pte William Henry NICHOLLS, 7th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 7 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

To On Command, Zeitoun School of Instruction, 30 April 1916; rejoined 54th Bn from school, Canal Zone, 30 May 1916.

Obtained 1st Class Qualification at Signalling School, Zeitoun, 31 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2220311: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3123 Sergeant F. POLDING, HQ Company, 54th Bn (patient, 9th General Hospital, Rouen), 9 November 1916: 'During the attack at Fleurbaix on the 19th July, we had very heavy losses. Many dead bodies were collected after the action and buried. I was informed by several men of the burying party that Pybus's body was recovered and buried. I do not, however, remember the name of any particular man of the burying party who told me this.'

Second statement, 3157 Lance Corporal F.J. RYAN, 54th Bn: 'He was seen to fall (after we took the German 3rd line at Fromelles) into a shell hole. We never were able to get any trace of his body. We had to retire from the ground: we wrote to his friends.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PYBUS Arthur Coventry Lerouse
Red Cross file 2220311

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