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Arthur Henry PELISSIER

Regimental number6329
Place of birthIpswich, Queensland
Addressc/o Mrs Turner, King Street, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M.A. Pelissier c/o Mrs Turner, King Street, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Margaret Ann and the late Francis Joseph PELISSIER, Ness Road, Salisbury, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother, 3715 Pte F.L. PELLISSIER, 45th Bn, Killed in Action
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 7 September 1916; found guilty, at sea, 19 September 1916, of being absent without leave: award, forfeits 2 days' pay; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 November 1916; marched into 4th Training Bn, Rollestone, no date stated.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 12 February 1917 (influenza); marched into 4th Training Bn, Codford, 19 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 March 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 21 March 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 23 March 1917; taken on strength of 15th Bn, in the field, 25 March 1917.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 7 April 1917 (frost bite, feet); transferred to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance (Divisional Rest Station), 13 April 1917; to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 13 April 1917; to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Outreau, 15 April 1917; to England, 16 April 1917; to Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, 16 April 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 September 1917; discharged to furlough, 10 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 September 1917.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 October 1917.

Classified 'B1A2', 7 October 1917.

Classified 'B1A3', 2 November 1917.

Classified 'B1A4', 13 November 1917.

Classified 'A3', 15 November 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 17 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 December 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 6 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 12 December 1917; rejoined 15th Bn, 13 December 1917.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PELISSIER Arthur Henry

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