Arthur Eric Cheshire

Although he was born in Ballarat, where his father Thomas was a journalist, most of Arthur’s childhood was spent in the suburbs of Melbourne. He attended Blackburn, Balwyn and Glenferrie State Schools and was active, along with all his family, at Canterbury Baptist Church. 

By early December 1915 Arthur was on the ground in Egypt, but seven months later he landed in Marseilles en route to the north of France, along with many thousands of other Australian soldiers. Within a month he was killed in action. The Argus 11 September 1916. Among the lists of lieutenants too young to go to the front as such, but who enlisted as privates, was Arthur E. Cheshire, of Highfield road, Canterbury, whose parents have received official intimation of his being killed in action in France on July 19 or 20. He embarked as lance-corporal in November, being then only 20. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Northern Assurance Office.

Arthur Eric Cheshire Birth: 1895 Ballarat Enlistment: July 1915 Address at Enlistment: 35 Highfield Road, Canterbury Occupation at Enlistment: Insurance clerk Military Number: 1079 J oined: 29th Battalion Rank: Private - promoted to Lance Corporal Age: 20 years old Height: 5’ 7 .” (170 cm) Eyes and Hair: Brown eyes, brown hair Next of Kin: Father – Thomas Cheshire. Embarked: 10 November 1915 Death: 19 July 1916, Fleurbais, France

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