Pte Cork Arthur Ernest

  • Year of birth: 1891
  • Place of birth: Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of death: 03/10/1917
  • Place of death: Jabber Trench, Westhoek, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 26
  • Profession: Shoemaker
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 3730
  • Enlistment date: 16/08/1915
  • Enlistment place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal Medal
Victory Medal Medal

Additional information

Private Arthur Ernest enlisted the AIF at the age of 24 on 16/08/1915 at Sydney. The former bootmaker served at the 2nd Australian Battalion, part of the First Division, 1st Brigade.

For reasons unknown, he enlisted as a single man and gave his mother as next of kin, but 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, Death Certificate,..) are talking about 4th October.
In both cases, the 2nd Battalion was at the front near Westhoek Ridge and participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood (26/9-3/10/17) as in the Battle of Broodseinde (4/10/17) both part of the Battle of Passchendaele (=3rd Battle of Ypres).

When taking their positions on the 3rd October to start the attack in the early morning of the 4th October, the 2nd Battalion was heavy 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 post the Germans occupied.
On the 4th the Germans registered accurately with 4,5 howitzers on the front line.

Private Arthur Ernest Cork was killed in action during these operations. He was burried at Jabber Track but his body went missing later. 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

Connection to other soldiers 1

Cork William Brother