Arthur Beaumont Goard

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Murrurundi, Upper Hunter Shire, New South Wales, Australia

General information


Army information

Australian Imperial Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Jabber House, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Aeroplane Cemetery
Plot: V
Row: A
Grave: 7

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Corporal Arthur Beaumont Goard was a 27 year old dairy and pig farmer from Byron Bay, NSW. Arthur was born in 1888 in Murrurundi, NSW to school principal William Samuel and Selina Mary Small and studied agriculture at Hawkesbury College. After enlisting in 1916 he became part of D Company, 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F., 1st Australian Brigade, 1st Australian Division.

In 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. Resulting in 149 casualties (11 officers and 138 other ranks). According to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing file Cpl. was hit by a shell, killing him instantly in the morning of 4 October. He was buried where he fell (J.4.b.0.0.) near Jabber House. After the war he was reburied at Aeroplane Cemetery where he is still remembered today.

In his will he left his positions and farm to his siblings and parents and also included “50 pounds to the Trustees of the Church of England Broken Head, Byron Bay, such sum to be expended in the erection of a Church of England at Broken Head, Byron Bay”. The land on which the church was build and the lectern and alter were donated by his family.

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