Arthur Clive Gentle

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Arthur Clive Gentle’s grave, Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

GENTLE, Arthur Clive

Service no: 1549 [1]

Place of birth: Inverell, 1896

Address: Mount McDonald

Occupation: Junior postal assistant, Orange Post Office

Next of kin: Edith Emily Green (mother), Mount McDonald, later Glen Clive, Lett Street, Katoomba

Date of enlistment: 28 August 1915

Place of enlistment: Orange

Age at enlistment: 19

Fate: Embarked SS Hawkes Bay, Sydney, 23 November 1915. Admitted to 3rd General Hospital, Port Said, with burnt feet 13 June 1916. Discharged from hospital, taken on strength 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, 17 July 1916. Transferred to 7th Light Horse Brigade, Moascar, 12 August 1916. Evacuated to Port Said Rest Camp 3 October 1917. Attended Signalling Course, Zeitoun, 14 October 1916. Wounded in action, evacuated to hospital 28 March 1918. Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, with gunshot wounds to both legs and the left thigh 8 April 1918. Transferred to Port Said Rest Camp, 11 June 1918. Taken on strength 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Port Said, 26 June 1918. Admitted to 47th Stationary Hospital, Palestine, with malaria, 20 October 1918. Died of disease, 47th Stationary Hospital, Palestine, 21 October 1918.

Date of death: 21 October 1918, aged 22

Buried: Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine, Plot XXVII, Row E, Grave 13

Born in Inverell in 1896, Arthur Clive Gentle grew up in Mount McDonald, near Cowra, where he attended to local public school.

When Arthur was just nine years old his father, Arthur snr, died from a long standing heart condition. Arthur snr had been an employee of the Australian Postal Service. He worked in the Electric Telegraph Department in Inverell, Armidale and Sydney.

Young Arthur followed in his father’s footsteps, training as a wireless telegraphist after completing his schooling. At the time of his enlistment in August 1915 he was working as a junior assistant at Orange Post Office.

Because Arthur was under the age of 21, his mother, Edith Emily Green, was obliged to provide her written consent to his enlistment.

Image courtesy National Archives of Australia.

Arthur spent three months at Army Training Camp, before embarking SS Hawkes Bay in Sydney in November 1915. Private Gentle served in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine with the Australian Light Horse.

In June 1916 Arthur was admitted to the 3rd General Hospital in Port Said with burnt feet. He was discharged one month later and taken on strength with the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Tel-el-Kebir.

In October 1916 Private Gentle qualified as a Signaller.

On 28 March 1918 Arthur was wounded in action during the first Battle of Amman. He was admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital in Port Said with gunshot wounds to both legs and his left thigh. Arthur recovered from his injuries and rejoined his regiment in July 1918.

Three months later Signaller Gentle was admitted to the 47th Stationary Hospital in Palestine suffering from malaria. On 21 October 1918 Arthur succumbed to the disease. He was buried in the Gaza War Cemetery the following day; Chaplain ER Lockyer officiated at the funeral.

Arthur Clive Gentle is commemorated on panel number 5 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Arthur’s WWI service medals were issued to his mother, Edith, and are now held at the Australian War Memorial.

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