Private Arthur Montague Alchin

Service number 2027
Birth Date 1898
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Gunning
Death Date 1917-10-12
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Arthur Montague Alchin (2027, 35th Battalion) was a mail driver from Gunning, NSW. Arthur was lying on a stretcher after being wounded during the battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917 when a shell exploded nearby killing him and several other wounded soldiers. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Documents in Arthur’s Red Cross file reveal that he was “well liked by his chums” and he “had absolutely no fear”. His mother later wrote that he was 17 years 11 months at the time of his death. Arthur’s uncle, Private Frank Henry Borman, was killed at Polygon Wood.



Date of birth 1898
Date of enlistment 26 April 1916
Date of embarkation 24 August 1916
Date of death 12 October 1917
Date of fate 18 October 1917