Arthur Charles Cam
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|Date of Birth||c1880|
|Place of Birth||Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England|
|Death||4 Apr 1947, aged 67|
|Place of Death||Subiaco, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||34 years, 11 months|
5'5¼" (1.66m) tall ; 121 lbs|
54.885 kg; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||West Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Brother , Mr William Cam|
|Date of Enlistment||5 Jan 1915|
|Unit/Formation||12th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||22 Feb 1915 ‒ 24 Mar 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A50 Itonus Fremantle to Egypt|
|Date of Return||24 Jun 1916 ‒ 1 Aug 1916|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A14 Euripides Portland to Fremantle|
Wounded in Action 8 Aug 1915, Lone Pine, Gallipoli |
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Kelmscott War Memorial (West panel)|
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Arthur had served with the Manchester Regiment (Colour Sergeant) for 9 years.
Arthur entered Blackboy Hill camp on 5 Jan 1915 and after 6 weeks training was sent to Egypt with the 3rd reinforcement draft for the 12th Battalion. After a brief period of training in Egypt, he joined his unit on 7th May 1915 at Anzac Cove. On 8 Aug 1915 at Lone Pine, Arthur was wounded with bomb wounds to his buttocks. Treated first by the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station and evacuated the next day to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance at Mudros, where after examination he was transferred to the 15th Stationary Hospital at Mudros. On 23 Aug 1915 Arthur was transferred to a rest camp on at Mudros, before being evacuated to Egypt where on 4 Sep 1915 he was admitted to the Red Cross Convalescent Hospital at Montazah, Alexandria.
Further issues with his health required him to be sent on to No.2 Southern General Hospital in Bristol where he arrived on 2 Oct 1915.
His records for the period Oct 1915 to Jun 1916 lack details, but it is recorded that he rejoined his unit on 27 Nov 1915 at Mudros. It can be assumed that he then travelled with the 12th Battalion Egypt and then to France aboard the HMT Corsican during the first week of Jun 1916. Very soon after his arrival in France, he was affected by shelling, as he was admitted with shell shock to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Harefield Park on 14 Jun 1916, before transferring to the Monte Video camp at Weymouth on 20 Jun 1916.
Four days later he embarked at Portland on the 'Euripidies' for the return journey to Australia, arriving on 1 Aug 1916.
He was discharged at 5th Military District on 5th Dec 1916 as unfit for further service due to his bomb wounds and shell shock.
The 1916 electoral roll lists him as a dairy farmer at West Armadale, 1918 and 1922 as a schoolmaster at Port Hedland, while the 1925 roll has him a teacher at Ellis Creek in the south west, before moving to Arino later that year.
From 1934 until his death he is registered at 113 Bagot road Subiaco, but without an occupation - He was invalided home in 1916 so may have been on invalid pension from that point on. No record of any marriage.