Arthur Townsend Sherwin

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Arthur Townsend Sherwin. Image courtesy Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

SHERWIN, Arthur Townsend

Service no: 1810 [1]

Place of birth: Cargo, 1889

Address: Cargo, via Orange

Occupation: Bank accountant

Next of kin: Catherine Sherwin, Cargo, via Orange

Date of enlistment: 28 September 1915

Place of enlistment: Bendigo, VIC

Age at enlistment: 26

Fate: Joined the 9th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcements 22 November 1915. Embarked HMAT Borda A30, Adelaide, 11 January 1916. Transferred to 5th Division Artillery, Heliopolis, 1 April 1916. Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia Egypt, with a hernia 19 April 1916. Transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 21 April 1916. Transferred to no 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, Greece, 13 May 1916. Discharged to Port Sydney for invaliding to Australia Suez 24 June 1916. Returned to Australia 17 July 1916. Discharged 22 August 1916 due to medical unfitness.

Date of death: 14 February 1965, Goroka, New Guinea

Arthur Townsend Sherwin was born in Cargo in 1889, the eldest son of Arthur Sherwin and his wife Catherine.

Arthur was an accountant at the ABC Bank in Wentworth prior to his enlistment in September 1915. He embarked from Adelaide in January 1916 and served in the Australian Light Horse in Egypt and Greece until he was hospitalised with a hernia. Corporal Sherwin was invalided to Australia in June 1916 for an operation, after which he was discharged as medically unfit.

Following his return from the war Arthur joined the ABC Bank in Deniliquin, where he worked as a teller and, in October 1916 married Doris Skinner. In March 1926 he took up a government appointment at Rabaul in New Guinea. Arthur died in Goroka, New Guinea in Febraury 1965, aged 76.

Arthur’s two brothers – Norman Douglas Sherwin and Frank Herbert Sherwin - also served in WWI.

Molong Express and Western District Advertiser, 15 April 1916, p. 4.

From Egypt to The Front – Letters from Cargo Soldier [2]

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