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Arthur Edward HAYMER

Regimental number2914
Place of birthGrafton, New South Wales
True NameHAMER, Arthur Edward
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Lewisham, New South Wales
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressSpringwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 6.25"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C A Haymer, Springwood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the New South Wales Lancers, Citizen Military Forces; resigned. Enlisted in the AIF, 4 September 1914, as Arthur Edward HAMER; discharged, 8 November 1914: 'Unlikely to become [an] efficient soldier.'
Enlistment date23 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateDied of disease 4 February 1917
Place of death or woundingEngland
Age at death37
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialBerford St. Martin Cemetery (Row 54, Grave No. 7), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Caroline HAMER, Springwood, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Other details

War service: England

Embarked Sydney, 25 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 28 December 1916.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, 18 January 1917 (bronchitis); died of disease, 4 February 1917.

Medal: British War Medal

Soldier incorrectly stated on Attestation Form that he was single; in fact he was married with five children. He had deserted his family and made no financial provision for maintenance.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAYMER Arthur Edward

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