Arthur John Verrall

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Arthur John Verrall
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Arthur with wife Edith and son 1916 Courtesy Arthur Smith
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1882
Place of Birth Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey, England
Death 28 Sep 1917
Place of Death Poperinge, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 33 years, 6 months
Description 5'8½" (1.74m) tall ; 141lbs
63.956 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; Tattoo on left forearm
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Austin avenue, Maddington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Edith Harriett Verall
Military Information
Reg Number 5668
Date of Enlistment 4 Apr 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 22 Sep 1916 ‒ 21 Nov 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A52 Surada Fremantle to Plymouth
Fate KIA 28 Sep 1917
Monument Gosnells War Memorial
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Had prior to emigration served with the Royal Marines Light Infantry.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 4 Apr 1916, and after the best part of a month's training, on 1 May 1916 he was allocated to the 15th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, travelling with them to England.

Arthur's stay with the 7th Training Battalion in England was very brief as he proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone aboard HMT Princesse Clementine on 21 Dec 1916. Arriving in Étaples the next day, he was held by the 2nd Divisional Base Depot for a time, but before he could join the battalion, he was sent to isolation camp from 6 - 25 Jan 1917. The nature of his illness was not recorded.

On 4 Feb 1917 he proceeded to join his battalion and they took him on strength on 5 Feb 1917. At the time they were in the front lines near Fricourt.

On 20/21 Sep 1017 the 28th Battalion was a part of the force that attacked German positions 28 Sep 1917 on Westhoek Ridge in a battle known as Menin Road. The Australians suffered 5,013 casualties. The 28th Battalion was then withdrawn from the line and sent to Poperinge to rest. During the night of 28 Sep 1917 a hostile aircraft flew over their camp at a height of 90 metres and dropped 8 bombs, killing 4 men, and wounding another 13. Arthur was one of those KIA.

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
  • CWGC


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