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Arthur Charles Niquet OLDEN

Date of birth3 July 1881
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDental surgeon
Address'Benholme', Webster Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sophie Olden, 'Benholme', Webster Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date28 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment


Unit: 10th Light Horse
Promotion date: 9 May 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Refers 20 September 1918.
List 399 of 29 December 1918.

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateAppointment terminated 5 April 1920

Distinguished Service Order

'He was in charge of his regiment, which formed the advance guard to the brigade, when the later was ordered to occupy Jenin on the 20th September, 1918. He rapidly cut the roads leading from Jenin north and north east, covering a distance of 11 miles, and thus took prisoners fugitives who were already several miles from the town. During the ensuing night his regiment covered the Nablus road from the south, and captured further prisoners. The total number of prisoners taken in this operation was 8,107 and five guns. He showed great initiative and ability to command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Discharge date5 April 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Returned to Australia via the United States at own expense to undertake study at the Dental School, University of Pennsylvania; embarked HT 'Baltic', 19 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, Sydney, 6 January 1920; appointment terminated (discharged), 5 April 1920.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death5 October 1949
Age at death68
Place of burialCremated at Karrakatta, Western Australia; ashes scattered at sea.
SourcesNAA: B2455, OLDEN Arthur Charles Niquet

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