Arthur Candish

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Arthur Candish
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Arthur & Leah Candish 1920
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1890
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria
Death 3 Jul 1965, aged 75
Place of Death Mandurah
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 1 month
Description 5' 10" (1.78m) tall ; 152 lbs
68.946 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary Ann Candish
Military Information
Reg Number 5074
Date of Enlistment 6 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement, transferred to 48th Battalion 3 Sep 1916 / 12th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 31 Mar 1916 ‒ 24 Apr 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A9 Shropshire
Date of Return 31 Oct 1917 ‒ 22 Dec 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A35 Berrima
Fate Wounded in Action, 11 Apr 1917 at 1st Bullecourt
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Entering Blackbly Hill camp, Arthur was allocated to the 46th Depot Company until 13 Mar 1916 when he was transferred to the 16th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt. A month after his arrival in Egypt he completed his training and was posted to the new 48th Battalion, joining their cadre for the journey to France aboard HMT Huntspill, disembarking on 14 Jun 1916 at Marseilles and joining the 4th Division Base Depot. Formally taken on strength by the 48th Battalion on 9 Jun 1916, the day they left Marseilles for Hazebrouck in northern France, with 30 men to each cattle truck.

During the attack on Bullecourt 13 months later, he sustained a GSW to his right, upper arm on 11 Apr 1917. Although he was initially able to remain on duty after his wound was attended to, three months later on 21 Jul 1917 he sought more complex medical attention from the 12th Australian Field Ambulance as his hand was by then paralysed. One of 435 casualties suffered by his battalion at the battle named 1st Bullecourt.

Seen by the 12th Australian Field Ambulance on 21 Jul 1917, he was admitted to 6th General Hospital in Rouen on 26 Jul 1917, and was embarked the next day on HMHS Carisbrook Castle for England where he was admitted to the 1st London General Hospital in Camberwell on 28 Jul 1917.

Following treatment he was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 28 Aug 1917, and from 4 - 18 Sep 1917 enjoyed a period of leave in England. As he was unfit for further action, he was sent home to Australia, and discharged by the 5th Military District on 10 Apr 1918.

The 303rd Casualty List includes under WOUNDED, A Candish (Armadale) remaining on duty.[1] The 334th Casualty List included: Candish, Arthur (Armadale), second occasion.[2]

Post War

After arriving home, Arthur has an In Memoriam published in The West Australian 8 Jun 1918 p.1

"A tribute to the memory of my dear pal, Lance Corporal Frank Killmartin (48th Battalion), who was killed in action at Messines on June 8, 1917.

Despite his wounds Arthur remained an effective bowler in the South Suburban Cricket Association in the 1920s (e.g. 7 for 26 against Melville in Nov 1921. In March 1915 he was a member of the Kelmscott cricket team that defeated Queens Park, taking 5 for 55; and in May of the same year he was one of the best players in the Armadale football team that lost to Queens Park.

Married Leah Kerrison in 1920. Probable children:
Arthur George b.1922 m Olive ?, son Donald Gordon b. 1950. Arthur, known as George, died 27 May 2010 at Kalbarri.
Kathleen Joy b. 1925
Amy E. b. 27 Jan 1931 at Armadale
Cornelius died 27 May 1939 as an infant 1 month old
Leah died 30 Aug 1959 aged 63.

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 - 1930 address was PO Armadale, in 1931 it was Eighth road, Armadale. 1936 with his wife in Mandurah, and later rolls gave a 1 Rockford street, Mandurah address.

In 1943 he was one of two men on the Pinjarra based Main Roads Board Maintenance crew. Between 1935 and 1949 he paid his AWU dues each year.

When he enlisted with the 10th Garrison Battalion during WW2 (26 Feb 1941) he lowered his age, giving his date of birth as 8 Dec 1892, and his employment as foreman with the Main Roads Department.


  1. "WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The West Australian. XXXIII, (4,727). Western Australia. 28 May 1917. p. 8. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The West Australian. XXXIII, (4,810). Western Australia. 1 September 1917. p. 7. Retrieved 30 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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