|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Murrumbeena, Victoria|
|Address||Darling Road, East Malvern, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||23.11|
|Next of kin||Father, H H G Whitlam, Darling Road, East Malvern, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 1 year in the Senior Cadets; 2 years, as Sergeant, in the Victorian Rifles; 6 years in the Australian Field Artillery; serving as Sergeant, 23rd Battery, at time of enlistment.|
|Rank on enlistment||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit name||Divisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 5|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||25/89/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||1130|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Division Headquarters|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 25 September 1915.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 8 May 1915; disembarked Marseilles, France, 15 May 1916.
Tried by General Court Martial, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, 3 June 1916, on charge of (1) stealing goods to the value of £18/4/0; (2) receiving stolen goods; found 'Guilty'; sentenced to be cashiered.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Bakara', 27 July 1916; disembarked Sydney, 21 September 1916, and appointment terminated.
Medals: all medals forfeited.
Whitlam protested his innocence and mounted a 28-year campaign to have his name cleared. In 1926, when new evidence showed that the articles allegedly stolen by Whitlam had in fact been packed in Whitlam's trunk by his batman without Whitlam's knowledge, he was offered a pardon on the condition that he ceased to assert his innocence. He refused, and continued his campaign. In 1944 a panel of eminent King's Counsels rejected the findings of the General Court Martial.
Following a recommendation from the Commander-in-Chief, the Governor-General in Council quashed the conviction. The following notice was published in the 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 149 (27 July 1944):
'His Excellency the Governor-General in Council has approved of the conviction of Lieutenant A.G. Whitlam, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, Australian Imperial Force, by General Court Martial at Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France, dated 3rd June, 1916, being quashed and the accused is relieved of all the consequences of his conviction. (Ex. Min. No. 104, Approved 19th July, 1944) J.M. FRASER, Acting Minister for the Army.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Father's name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as H H T Whitlam.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WHITLAM Arthur Gordon
Trove digitised newspapers: 'INNOCENCE PROVED AFTER 28 YEARS' (1944, August 9). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), p. 3