Name: Arthur Rawlings
Service Number: 2754
Units Served: 2nd Brigade Australia Field Artillery
Personal Details: Arthur had a short life, mother died when he was young. His father remarried. Father died and he was left with step mum. That’s when he left to enlist in the army and ran away from home.
Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 4/9/1914 for active service in WW1 at Melbourne, Victoria where he forged his name to enlist.
Details about his role in War: We are not sure whether Arthur left home or was kicked out of home but he went to Melbourne where he forged signatures to enlist in the army on 4/9/1914 for active service in WW1. As a driver in the Australian Imperial Army Arthur Rollings 2754 embarked at Sydney for the Middle East on HMAS “Katuna” on 19/9/1914 with the 1st Division Ammunition Column and possibly served at Gallipoli. Later on he was transferred to the 21st Field Artillery Brigade and appointed acting bombardier for action in France. While serving in the 5th battery 2nd Field Artillery Brigade he died of wounds received in action on the 3rd May 1917. Arthur was buried in Vaulx Hill Cemetery France (plot 2, Row F, Grave 28).
Age at Death: 25
Memorial Details: Vaulx Hill Cemetery France Plot 2, Row F, Grave 28
Interesting Material: Arthur’s father William Rawlings married Emily Jane Bowey. She was born in Gumeracha and attended Gumeracha School.