Brave sol­dier re­mem­bered

Sur­vived Gal­lipoli and gassing

The Northern Star - - NEWS - ALI­SON PATER­SON ali­son.pater­son@north­ern­star.com.au

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.

Photo: Sup­plied

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.

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