Arthur Werndly

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Arthur Werndly
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Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire p.142
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Linton Reynolds photo May 2023
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Rivertown, South Australia
Death 18 Sep 1918
Place of Death Hindenburg Outpost Line, France
Age at Enlistment 32 years, 4 months
Description 5' 5½" (1.66m) tall ; 145 lbs
65.771 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Fremantle road, (Forrest road), Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Martha Werndly
Military Information
Reg Number 3229
Date of Enlistment 20 Nov 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 46th Battalion 8th reinforcement, C Company (Medical Orderly)
Date of Embarkation 29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic
Fate Killed in Action 18 Sep 1918 at the Hindenburg Outpost line, France
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1912 - 1916 farm hand residing in the Dowerin district

War Service

Within a few days of entering camp, Arthur was allocated to the 8th Reinforcement draft for the 46th Battalion. On arrival in England he was sent to the 12th Training Battalion in Codford to complete his training and then proceeded overseas to France through Folkestone on 4 Jun 1917.

In France he spent a few days in the 4th Division's Base Depot in Étaples before joining the 46th Battalion along with 92 others on 21 Jun 1917 as they are going into billets at Le Doulieu, some 10 km west of Armentieres.

Served at Armentieres, Bullecourt, Messines, and Dernancourt. Granted leave to the UK from 9 - 24 Mar 1918.

On 18 Sep 1918 the 46th Battalion made up the third wave of an attack on the German positions known as the Hindenburg Outpost Line. The attack was successful with relatively light casualties on the Australian side. Arthur was one of only 15 killed that day, with another 135 wounded.

WERNDLY.-Killed in action on September 18, 1918, Private Arthur, third beloved son of Mrs. M. Werndly, Armadale, brother of Owen died of wounds, Harry, (Dowerin), Albert, Victoria, Louise and Charles, (Armadale).[1]

  • Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Werndly A cemetery.jpg


Buried in the JEANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION - Plot VI, Row A, Grave 1 Son of Henry and Martha Werndly of Armadale, Western Australia. Jeancourt is a small village situated approximately halfway between Péronne and St Quentin.

  1. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXIII, (1,713). Western Australia. 25 October 1918. p. 26. Retrieved 25 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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