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Arthur Gordon BALDERSON

Regimental number1319
Place of birthHawthorn, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarrier
Address118 Albert Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Amy Eliza Marie Balderson, 254 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSt Kilda, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentCorporal Shoeing Smith
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A27 Southern on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 22 August 1914. Taken on strength, 2 Brigade Ammunition Column, 22 August 1914.
FateKilled in Action 10 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Place of burialBeach Cemetery, Anzac (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 8), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1909 John BALDERSON, killed in action, Gallipoli.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, 21 December 1914, of being absent without leave while at Mena Camp from 11 pm, 15 December, to 7.30 am, 17 December 1914: awarded 7 days' detention and reverted to rank of Shoeing Smith.

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 8 April 1915; killed in action, 10 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

[His mother wrote to the Department of Defence requesting that his wife receive no payment, because "deserted him 2 years and 8 months prior to War". She also stated that he was "only 18 years and 11 days old when married and his wife was a wayward person". She also stated that prior to the war he had met with a solicitor to arrange for a divorce, but had put this aside due to the excitement of war]
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALDERSON Arthur Gordon

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