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
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
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,