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Arthur George RIDLEY

Regimental number7302
Place of birthCow Flat, New South Wales
SchoolCountry schools and Hereford House School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressCowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr E Ridley, Avonsyde, Mt McDonald, Cowra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 February 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 10 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularIn answer to the question 'What was his calling?', his mother wrote: 'Teacher'.
FateKilled in Action 24 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialOuttersteene Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 66), Bailleul, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
38
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Tessie RIDLEY, Avonsyde, Mount McDonald, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 May1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 28 July 1917, and marched in to 1st Training Bn, Durrington.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 February 1918; taken on strength, 3rd Bn, in the field, 15 February 1918.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, South Midlands Division, 1 March 1918; transferred same day to 2nd British Casualty Clearing Station (appendicitis); to 54th General Hospital, 6 March 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 11 March 1918; to No 5 Rest Camp, 12 March 1918; to Australian Infantry Base Depot, 15 March 1918; rejoined unit, 25 April 1918.

Killed in action, 24 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, 29 June 1918: ‘Will you please let me know if possible if he was killed instantly or if he was suffering for any time,also where he is buried & the name of the place where he died, & will you kindly let me know if I could get his few things that he took from home with him … I am sorry to put you to any trouble, but I would like to know all I can about his death.’

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