Arthur Daley

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Daley, Private Arthur P. no. 1140

13th Battalion H Company, later 4th Battalion Machine Gun Corps AIF

Redman Street, Canterbury.


Born at Sydney, 1894, son of Daniel D. and Kate Daley.

Enlisted Canterbury 9/11/1914, aged 21.



Next of kin: Mr S.H. Daley, c/- Mrs Hall, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill.

Taken on strength of the 13th Battalion 22/12/1914.

Embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A3 8 Ulysses 22/12/1914.

Casualty list SMH 7/6/1915 Wounded.

Wounded at Anzac 10/8/1915.

Casualty list SMH 27/9/1915 In hospital, London.

Casualty list SMH 7/10/1915 Wounded (apparently second occasion).

Casualty list SMH 11/1/1916 Progress report: fit for service (Suburb given as Dulwich Hill).

Transferred to 4th Pioneer Battalion 29/4/1916.

Wounded on the Somme 23/11/1916.

Transferred to 4th Machine Gun Battalion 12/5/1918.

AWM File IDRL428 Letters to British Red Cross re Australian Servicemen:

Private T. AEvans no.637 4th Machine Gun Company 13th Company, no.3 AGH Abbeville, 6/11/1918:

I didn't see Daley killed in front of Jean Wood (near Morecourt) by H.E. shell about 10 or II am but I saw him buried near Morecourt. Daley was of 13th Company; nuggety; fair complexion, about 30 years old.

Private AW. Dixon no. 1729 13th Company 4th Machine Gun Battalion, no.4 AGH Randwick, 26/2/1919:

Informant described Daley as about 5 y6" high, slight build’ fair complexion, aged about 33 or more. Informant states they both belonged to 13th Company. On 8/8/1918 the Company was attached to the 46th Battalion which was in action. Daley was a Runner and when the attack was finished was sent with a message to Company Headquarters. As no reply was received to the message it was assumed that something had happened to him and informant and another chap were sent away with the same message. Daley had not reached the Headquarters. After delivering the message Informant and his mate came back and passed a First-aid Post. As they felt sure that Daley had been hit they called at the Aid Post and inquired for him and were told that he was lying dead on a stretcher in the Post, having died while he was being carried in. Informant recognised him lying on a stretcher. One of the reasons why they were anxious to find out what had become of Daley was that they knew that he had a large sum of money; which he had recently won in betting at the Battalion Sports. They ascertained that this money had been taken from him at the Aid Post, and had been handed into the 46th Battalion Headquarters. Informant never heard where Daley was buried. Informant added that he knew Daley well - He was a real sport and well thought of by his mates.

Corporal M. Hobbis no.490 Australian 4th Machine Gun Battalion, 13 th Company, Havre Hospital, 18/12/1918: He was called Arthur and came from, I believe, Newcastle NSW He was killed by a shell’ about 1000 yards south of Bray. He was acting as a runner at the time, and was coming back from the front line with some orders. I saw his grave with a cross, his identity disc, and his helmet. The grave is where he fell, i.e. about 1000 yards south of Bray; and quite near the grave is a big barn. Bray is in the Cambrai sector.

Captain W.M.D. Cory 13th Machine Gun Company, T.S. Anchises: He was killed by a machine gun bullet near Billivin Farm and died at the Dressing Station of the 13th Company 4th Battalion Headquarters who have the details of his death and burial.

Killed in action, battle of Amiens, 8/8/1918, aged 25.

Killed near Cerisy & Morcourt.

Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.

AWM information from Mrs K. Daley, mother, 86 Marian Street, Enmore, NSW.

Compiled by Official History Staff.

Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Killed in Action 8/8/1918.

Anzac Memorial has no. 1140 4th Battalion.

Machine Gun Corps.

Australian War Memorial records available at: and [accessed 16/12/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002