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Douglas Grey Willes Arguimbau


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Serial No. 1231

2nd Light Horse Regiment


Douglas Grey Willes Arguimbau - Information

Douglas was a son of Narcissus George Arguimbau, a Royal Navy Commander whom had served in the Crimean War on the HMS Supply. Narcissus and his wife, Elizabeth Diane, left England and immigrated to the colonies. They had several children in England and shortly after arriving in Sydney added Douglas, born in Balmain in 1878. In 1882, Narcissus had purchased lots 6-9 of the sub-divided Fowlers Farm in Campbelltown, and named the selection Glenroy.

When the war broke out, Douglas was living in Sydney and working as a bookkeeper. When he was 36, he travelled to Toowoomba in Queensland to enlist on the 15th of December 1914. Douglas was shipped overseas for war service and arrived in Egypt. He was then taken on strength to the 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment in March 1916. He was then transferred to the 2nd Light Horse Regiment on the 29th of April 1916, later defending the Suez Canal. However illness impeded his service, admitted at Port Said for gastritis in June. While he was at the 3rd Australian General Hospital, he was diagnosed with hysteria. He was consequently sent home to Australia aboard the Seang Ghoon, leaving the Suez Canal on the 17th July 1916.