Arthur Samuel JACOBS

Regimental number2167
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrickworks, Federal Territory, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William Jacobs, Brickworks, Federal Territory, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid against the enemy defences North East of SAILLY-le-SEC, South West of ALBERT, on 4th July 1918. His Section Commander having been wounded early in the assault, Private JACOBS as assumed command and led his men to the objective. The enemy garrison were completely taken by surprise owing to the dash and determination with which the assault was made under this soldier's leadership. They soon closed with the enemy, and in the hand to hand fight which ensued with the bayonet, his courage and leadership were an inspiration to all those with him, and he materially contributed to the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 September 1937
Place of burialBoxhill Cemetery