Informationen zu Geburt

Geburtsjahr:
1891
Geburtsort:
Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Allgemeine Informationen

Beruf:
Shoemaker
Religion:
Church of England

Informationen zum Armeedienst

Land:
Australia
Truppe:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Dienstnummer:
3730
Einberufung datum:
31/08/1915
Einberufung ort:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Einheiten:
 —  Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

Informationen zu Tod

Sterbedatum:
03/10/1917
Sterbeort:
Jabber Trench, Westhoek, Belgien
Todesursache:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Alter:
26

Gedenkstätte

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Tafel: Bay 7 stone H

Auszeichnungen und Orden 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Zusätzliche Informationen

Private Arthur Ernest enlisted the AIF at the age of 24 on 16/08/1915 at Sydney, Australia. The former bootmaker served with the 2nd Australian Battalion, part of the 1st Australian Division, 1st Australian Brigade. For reasons unknown, he enlisted as a single man and gave his mother as next of kin, but he was actually married to Isabel Cork and had 1 daughter Brenda Nora.

According to the official papers of the CWGC Arthur Ernest was killed in action the 3rd October 1917 although many papers (Service records and Death Certificate) are talking about 4th October. In both cases, the 2nd Australian Battalion was at the front near Westhoek Ridge and participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood (26/9/17) as in the Battle of Broodseinde (4/10/17) both part of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. The 2nd Bn. A.I.F. were put in the frontline near Molenaarelsthoek on the night of 30 September / 1 October. Between 1 and 4 October they suffered from several German attacks, very active shelling and artillery barrages. All of the attacks could be repulsed.

When taking their positions on the 3rd October 1917 to start the attack in the early morning the next day, the 2nd Australian Battalion was again heavily shelled by the Germans. Patrols were send out on the night of the 3rd/4th to find out the condition of No-Man’s Land and also to see what posts the Germans occupied.

Private Arthur Ernest Cork was killed in action during these operations. He was burried at Jabber Track (J.k.b.4.3.), at the same location as his brother William, but his body was never recovered. Now he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, bay 7 stone H together with his younger brother William Cork who fell also on 4th October 1917.

Two other brothers 2705 Driver Clarence Stanley Cork (the youngest, age 20, also a shearer), and 6734 Private Sydney Thornton Cork (father of five, aged 36) both returned safely to Australia.

Verwandte, die auch Soldat waren 2

Cork William
Brother
William Cork 
Brother