Studio portrait of 2418 Private Arthur William McGlashan MM, 17th Battalion of Croydon, NSW. A ...

Unit 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P08624.366
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Photomechanical print
Maker Cumberland
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 2418 Private Arthur William McGlashan MM, 17th Battalion of Croydon, NSW. A railway worker prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Themistocles (A32) on 5 October 1915. He was killed in action near Pozierer, France, on 26 August 1916, aged 20. He is buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France. Pte McGlashan was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 21 September 1916, for gallant devotion to duty for his action during the period 25 July 1916 and 5 August 1916 when he acted as telephonist and messenger between the front line and battalion HQ. He unhesitatingly repaired the telephone line when it was repeatedly cut by shell fire. When the line failed he carried messages through severe barrages when required. His cousin 1359 Pte Frederick McGlashan (P08624.367) was killed in action at Gallipoli, Turkey on 22 August 1915