Brave soldier remembered
Survived Gallipoli and gassing
THIS Remembrance Day, which commemorates the Centenary of Armistice, Sheldon Maher OAM is proud to remember his grandfather who served with great distinction in Gallipoli and on the Western Front.
Mr Maher, who was born in Tenterfield and served in 110 Signal Sqn, Vietnam and now lives in the 2480 postcode, plans to attend the Lismore services.
He said Gunner Arthur Ernest Maher DCM, MM and bar, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
In 1917 the Commonwealth Gazette reported Gunner A.E. Maher, “on 14th June 1917, at St Quentin’s Caberet (Belgium) in searching a burning ammunition dump which was under heavy shell fire and exploding in every direction, for wounded comrades, one of whom he eventually found with five yards of the dump, and carried him to a place of safety. It seemed impossible for anyone to approach the dump and live, so continuous and violent were the explosions. Sixteen of his party were killed and nine wounded by the first explosion, and he set a splendid example of devotion and courage.”
He said his grandfather who was born in 1891, enlisted in the Army at Grenfell, NSW on 19.1.1915, at age 24 and was also awarded the Military Medal, on April 5, 1918.
During the attack at Dernancourt he showed great courage and resource in attending to his wounded comrades.
While his grandfather survived Gallipoli and the Western Front, which claimed so many of his comrades, he said Arthur, who was discharged in 1919, suffered greatly from being gassed.
“On August 23, 1915 he was wounded in action at Gallipoli with a gunshot wound to (his) thigh and taken to Ghezireh and re-joined his unit on November 15, 1915,” he said.
“Later in the Western Front he was gassed on October 1, 1916, was taken to England for treatment and rejoined his unit in France on February 2, 1917.”
“He died at the age of 52 due to his war service.”
Arthur had four sons.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Gunner Arthur Ernest Maher, DCM, MM and bar.(front row second from left) joined up on 19.1.1915 aged 24. Many of his comrades-in-arms in this photo are believed to have been killed on the Western Front.