Arthur Clarence BROMHALL

Year of Birth:  1894

Place of Birth:  Hughenden, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  28 October 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  24 January 1917, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Ayrshire A33

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  9th Australian Infantry Battalion – 24 to 26 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  7199

Died:  23 August 1918

 

Arthur Clarence Bromhall was born to Charles William Bromhall and his second wife Clarissa Anne (White).   Charles’ first wife Mary Madeline Carney having died in 1877.  Arthur was the youngest of Charles and Clarissa’s seven children – George Frederick (1881), Lewis Charles (1882), Clarissa Henrietta (1885), Alice Janie (1887), Walter Ernest (1889), Gertrude Sophia (1890) and Arthur Clarence (1894).  His father was a miner and in the 1915 Electoral Roll they were living in Charters Towers.

Arthur’s older brother, Lewis Charles Bromhall, embarked on the RMS Rangatira on 25 September 1914 but returned to Australia on 19 March 1915 injured and was discharged from the Army.  Lewis had previously served in the Boer War in South Africa.

On his enlistment in Cairns, Arthur’s age was 22 years 9 months, occupation a Bank Clerk, his next of kin his father William Clarence Bromhall, Millchester Rd, Charters Towers. This was later changed to ‘deceased’ and next of kin changed to eldest brother Mr G F Bromhall C/- Q.N.Bank Wondai, Qld. He was 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighed 130 pounds with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. He was Church of England. He also served in the Senior Cadets. Arthur attended the Queenton State School. His cousin, George A White. was serving in the armed forces.

Charles embarked from Sydney on 24 January 1917 on the HMAT Ayrshire as a Private in the 9 Infantry Battalion. He arrived in England and proceeded to France where he was hospitalised a number of times with illness and frostbite.  He rejoined his battalion for the final time on 13 August 1918 and was killed in action 10 days later.  He was buried at Heath Cemetery, Picardie, France.

 

HMAT Ayrshire A33 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

NAA B2455 – letter from Fredrick’s sister

 

Roll of Honour Circular. Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

NAA:  B2455 Bromhall, Arthur Clarence, National Archives Australia

NAA:  B2455 Bromhall, Lewis Charles, National Archives Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photograph of HMAT Ayrshire A33, Australian War Memorial Database

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

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