Arthur Ernest Tynan

RANK: Private


UNIT SERVED: 43rd Battalion

Personal Details: Arthur Ernest Tynan was born in Kenton Valley on the 10th April 1885. He was the second youngest of 8 children born to Thomas and Georgiana (nee Forbes) Tynan.  Arthur attended Gumeracha Primary School and was a member of the Kenton Valley Rifle Club. He was a labourer by trade.

Enlistment Details:  Arthur in Adelaide on the 10th January 1916. On the 7th March 1916 he was transferred to ‘C’ Company 43rd Battalion. He embarked from Outer Harbor on the HMAT ‘Afric’ on the 7th of June.

Details of his role in the war: He disembarked at Marseilles on the 20th July. He was admitted to hospital in England on 24th October 1916. He was in and out of hospital in England until he rejoined his unit in the field on the 10th march 1917. On the 31st July he received serious gun shot wounds to his left hand side leg, buttock, arm and eye. He was taken back to England and remained in hospital and convalesant depots until January 1918 when he rejoined his unit on the 11th. He was then detached firstly to Stohes (sic) M. School then to the Brigade Ammunition dump before rejoining his unit for the final time on the 10th August 1918. He was killed in action on the 12th August. According to eyewitness reports from the Red Cross he was killed instantly by a shrapnel wound to the head. It was reported that he was buried where he fell but the no one could remember the exact location.

Cemetery Details:  Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux