- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Panel: 29
Distinctions and medals
Private Arthur Ernest Gadd was part of the C coy, XII platoon, 54th battalion AIF (14th brigade , 5th division). He joined the Australian Infantry 3 October 1916 and left Australia only a month later. In May 1917 he joined his unit at the front lines.
The battalion was, from 14-17th October, in reserve at Westhoek Ridge. Its headquarters were at J.8.a.15.10. The c Company was located around J.8.c.15.80.-J.7.d.90.95. The companies were given instructions for some working parties. The c Company was assigned to carry Corkscrew Wiring pegs at the dump (J.8.b.40.90.)
German shelling in the area (Glencorse Wood, Nonneboschen, Anzac Ridge and Westhoek Ridge) had been heavy during the night 15/16th. However, from 1-5pm on 16th October, the German shelling was directly concentrated on Westhoek Ridge.
Red-cross eye-witnesses declare that private Arthur Ernest Gadd was in a dug-out with three other men (Lance Corporal Henry George Hall (5378), privates Johnson (2924) and Smith (2980)), when a shell struck the dug-out. Private Gadd and Lance Corporal Hall were killed instantly and were buried near the dugout. The other privates were evacuated, but later died of their wounds.
Gadd’s brother, private James Herbert Gadd was near him when it happened. He was also wounded this day. He later wrote home to give an account of his brother’s death. Private Gadd was one of the five soldiers of the battalion to have died due to the shelling. 28 other ranks were evacuated gassed and 11 others were wounded that day.