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Arthur Lauder



Arthur Lauder,


Arthur Lauder,

Also known as

Lauder, Arthur Boyce,


Returned ANZACs, Territory ANZACs, First World War, 1914-1918,

Place of birth

Thursday Island (Qld.),

Place of enlistment


Date of enlistment







Australian Imperial Force,


25th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement,



Service number


Next of kin

Edith Lauder - Mother ; Darwin, N.T.,

Date of death


Place of burial

Gardens Cemetery, Darwin,

Biographical notes

Arthur was the 2nd son to parents James William and Edith Lydia Lauder (nee Jackson) and was born on Thursday Island. The family moved to Darwin from Cooktown around 1900 and Arthur was educated in Pine Creek and Darwin. Arthur had worked as a carter for A.E. Jolley for 3 years before enlisting in the Army in 1916. He is also listed on the Public Works Department Roll of Honour of employees who enlisted. He left Darwin on the SS ‘Eastern’ 8 May 1916. On his return to Darwin in 1919 he re-joined A.E. Jolly & Co. as a truck driver and remained with them until his death on 22 June 1933. He left behind a wife, Thelma Lauder (nee Croft) whom he married in 1922 and a son Sidney who was just 3 years old. Arthur was buried in grave 766 at Gardens Road Cemetery on 27 June 1933 following a large funeral. Arthur got to spend time in England with his brother Sydney James Lauder who was killed in action on 30 September 1917 at Ypres, Belgium and is buried at Aeroplane Cemetery, Belgium.,


Arthur was a member of the 1916 May Contingent who departed on the 'Eastern' and had been a Darwin Cable Guard prior to enlistment. The 25th Battalion embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A36 'Boonah' on 21 October 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth in January 1917. Arthur had several bouts of illness that required hospitalization and was once required to be a blood donor. He received a gunshot wound to the neck in action in France 16 June 1918. On discharge from hospital,Arthur was transferred to the 9th Battalion 14 October 1918. Arthur was repatriated to Australia per 'Shropshire' and was discharged 29 June 1919.,


World War, 1914-1918, Northern Territory, Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, History, ANZAC,

Related links

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=7379859, http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/AWM8/23_42_4/PDF/0123.pdf, http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page.asp?p=1652756, http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/war_diaries/first_world_war/subclass.asp?levelID=1772, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/16353818, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/38686275, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48060912, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3283547, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3279540, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3285204, http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=7379859 [Service Record], http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/items/ACCNUM_LARGE/RCDIG1067539/RCDIG1067539--123-.JPG [Embarkation Roll], http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page.asp?p=1652756 [Nominal Roll], http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/38686275 [Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : a concise history of its conception and development by Clive Francis (Frank) Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p. 49.], http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/16353818 [Black over blue: The 25th Battalion, A.I.F. at war 1915-1918 by B. Doneley. Toowoomba : USQ Press, 1997.], http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/war_diaries/first_world_war/subclass.asp?levelID=1772 [Unit War Diary], http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48060912 ["Death of Mr. Arthur Boyce Lauder", Northern Standard, 23 June 1933: p.2.], http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3283547 ["Soldier's Letter's", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 17 March 1917: p.5.], http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3279540 ["Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 25 May 1916: p.16.], http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3285204 ["News and Notes", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 9 August 1917: p.12.],

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