Biography

Birth date: 01 July 1906
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Hawthorn
Death date: 10 September 1942
Death place: Papua
Final rank: Lieutentant Colonel
Service number: VX148 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 10 September 1942
  • Unit: 2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion

Second World War POWs and Missing Persons

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Unit: 2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Theatre of war: New Guinea

Collection Items

Photograph

P05533.005

Informal portrait of VX6481Private (Pte) John (Jack) Dawson, of Benella, Victoria. Pte Dawson was the batman of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Samuel Key, commanding officer of the 2/14th Battalion, and is belived to have been killed in action on the Kokoda Trail at Isurava on 30 August 1942.

P05533.005

P05533.028

Portrait of VX148 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Arthur Samuel Key, commanding officer of the 2/14 Battalion. Lt Col Key had previously served with the 2/8 Battalion at Libya, Greece and Crete before transferring to the 2/14 Battalion in January 1942. Lt Col Key is believed to have been killed at...

P05533.028

P05533.029

Portrait of VX148 Major (Maj) Arthur Samuel Key of the 2/8 Battalion. Maj, later Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Key, became the commanding officer of the 2/14 Battalion after serving with the 2/8 Battalion at Libya, Greece and Crete. He is believed to have killed in action at Isurava on the Kokoda...

P05533.029

P05533.032

VX148, Major (Maj) Arthur Samuel Key, second in command of the 2/8 Battalion in in the hills near El Aine, Syria. Maj, later Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Key, became the commanding officer of the 2/14 Battalion after serving with the 2/8 Battalion at Libya, Greece and Crete. He is believed to have...

P05533.032

P05533.033

Portrait of VX148, Major (Maj) Arthur Samuel Key, second in command of the 2/8 Battalion. Maj, later Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Key, became the commanding officer of the 2/14 Battalion after serving with the 2/8 Battalion at Libya, Greece and Crete. He is believed to have been killed at Isurava on...

P05533.033

Timeline

Date of birth 1906-07-01
Date commissioned 1927-05-13
Other units 1927-05-13 52nd Battalion.
Other units 1935-03-21 37/52nd Battalion.
Other units 1938-11-17 52nd Battalion.
Other units 1939-10-13 Seconded major Headquarters 17th Brigade.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939-11-01 Enlisted 2nd AIF.
Other units 1939-12-28 2/8th Battalion.
Other 1940-07-22 - 1940-08-26 Course Middle East Tactical School.
Other 1941-07-28 - 1941-08-09 Course Middle East Combined Training Centre.
Date promoted 1942-01-14 Temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1942-01-14 - 1942-08-30 2/14th Battalion.
Date returned to Australia 1942-03-24 Adelaide.
Other units 1942-07-18 - 1942-08-05 Attached Headquarters 21st Brigade.
Date of death 1942-09-10
Other 1943-04-02 Missing in action believed prisoner of war.
Other c 1941-04-02 Arrived Greece.