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Date of birth21 February 1895
Place of birthPennyroyal, Victoria
SchoolInglewood State School, Victoria; Melbourne High School
Address7 Errol Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinC A Arblaster, 7 Errol Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years, Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateDied of disease 24 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, Somme Sector, France
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialDouai Communal Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Elizabeth ARBLASTER, 7 Errol Street, Footscray, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4658 Corporal Frederick ARBLASTER, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 17 June 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 11 May 1915.

Admitted to hospital, 17 July 1915 (influenza); returned to duty, 22 July 1915.

Promoted Temporary Captain, 7 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1915 (bullet wound, foot); transferred by HS 'Gloucester Castle' to Malta; disembarked Malta, 1 October 1915; transferred to England, 21 October 1915, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 30 October 1915.

Embarked England to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 16 February 1916; admitted to Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Appointed Captain, 12 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Reported killed in action, Fromelles, 19 July 1916.

Subsequently reported as died of disease (septicaemia), Gefangen Lager St Clotilde, Douai, 24 July 1916, while a prisoner of war.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARBLASTER Charles
Red Cross File No 0120304

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