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Arthur Percy SULLIVAN

Regimental number56133
Date of birth27 November 1896
Place of birthProspect, South Australia
SchoolCrystal Brook Public School; Gladstone High School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank teller
AddressCrystal Brook, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.5
Height5' 8"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, A M Sullivan, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Enlistment date27 April 1918
Place of enlistmentPort Pirie, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1 to 6 (SA) Reinforcements (May-Oct 1918)
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 23 July 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollArtillery Details
FateDischarged in London 12 June 1919

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 10th August, 1919, at the Sheika River, North Russia. The platoon to which he belonged, after fighting a rearguard covering action, had to cross the river by means of a narrow plank, and during the passage an officer and three men fell into a deep swamp. Without hesitation, under intense fire, Corporal Sullivan jumped into the river and rescued all four, bring them out singly. But for this gallant action his comrades would have, undoubtedly, been drowned. It was a splendid example of heroism, as all ranks were on the point of exhaustion, and the enemy less than 100 yards distant.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

War service: England, North Russia

Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 April 1937
Age at death40
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, SULLIVAN Arthur Percy

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