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Arthur Burgin Holdsworth


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Serial No. 7587

5th Field Artillery Brigade


Arthur Burgin Holdsworth - Information

Arthur resided for some time in Camden with his parents and siblings. He was born in Parramatta c1893 to Ernest Joseph and Alice Jane Holdsworth. While Arthur served in the 2nd Light Horse, he married Alice Maud Stewart in 1915. They settled in Strathfield. Arthur supported himself and his young wife as a hairdresser. They were then blessed with a child. At the age of 22, Arthur enlisted in the AIF in Holsworthy on the 30th of August 1915. He trained at the National Park Camp and was made a Gunner with the 15th Battery at the beginning of September. He was then appointed Driver on the 1st of October 1915, allotted to the 5th Field Artillery Brigade. He then departed Sydney on the 18th of November 1915 on the HMAT Persic.

The Persic sailed into the Suez Canal four days before Christmas. After further training, Arthur was transported to the Western Front in late March. His introduction to the fighting in the frontlines was intense. Arthur worked closely with the big guns during operations throughout 1916. These campaigns were dominated by the use of ordnance. Literally millions upon millions of shells were fired by both sides. He survived a bitter winter in the lines, as cold temperatures and snow made life in the frontlines miserable. On the 31st of May 1917, Arthur reported to hospital in Rouen. A week later, he was evacuated to England with cellulitis on his foot. He was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, and by the end of July, was moved to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital. Returning to duty at a Command Depot, it was uncovered that Arthur was having difficulty with his hearing. No doubt working for such time in close proximity to large guns destroyed his ear drums. He was consequently sent back home to Australia for deafness. He commenced his journey home upon the HT Ormonde in late November. Arthur returned home to his wife and child. They relocated to Oaklodge on Byer St in Enfield in April 1918, where he received a pension for his war injury.