By researching Corporal Arthur McCulloch (left) from the Frank MacDonald Memorial Study Tour 2016, Burnie High School student, Amy Hicks (centre) felt she built a personal connection to the story of Corporal McCulloch and his family.

Telling the story of Arthur Julius Stewart McCulloch was one that proves difficulty, how do you tell the story of someone’s life, especially one cut so short? Brave Arthur never got to say goodbye to his loving mother, Elizabeth, who grieved the tragic loss of two sons in these brutal and bloody battles of World War One. It was not glorious, nor pleasant but sudden and anonymous. Too many brave young men were killed and every one of them would have had unspoken words they wished their loved ones could hear. Arthur survived ANZAC Cove and went on to the Western Front to continue his fight for our country. He died in the blood stricken dirt of Pozieres, France, with his grave never found. His mother’s despairing search for his grave, just to know where he is was vast and with no result.

 

Above: William McCulloch and his brother, Arthur.

Arthur McCulloch

Date of Birth: 2 April 1893

Place of Birth: Abbotsham (Ulverstone), Tasmania

Place of Association: Forbes Street, Devonport, Tasmania

Occupation: Blacksmith

Parents: George McCulloch and  Elizabeth McCulloch

Siblings:

  • John Fossey McCulloch
  • Elizabeth Ruth McCulloch
  • Edgar George McCulloch (served-returned)
  • Walter Thomas McCulloch
  • Robert James McCulloch (served-returned)
  • Annie Ella McCulloch
  • William Lindsay McCulloch (served - killed in action)
  • Gladys Mabel McCulloch

Marital Status: Single

Military Service prior to war: Two years in the Ulverstone Military Band

Rank: Corporal

Date of Enlistment: 20 August 1914

Age of Enlistment: 21

Date of Enlistment: 20 August 1914

Age of Enlistment: 21

Embarkation Details: HMAT A2 “Geelong” on 20 October 1914 from Hobart, Tasmania

Areas of Service: Gallipoli and Western Front

Fate: Killed in action, July 23, 1916

Place of Death: Pozieres, Somme Sector, France

Age at Death: 23

Place of Burial: No known grave; commemoration at Villers-Bretonneux, France

Panel Number, Roll of Honour: 66

Death report:

Reports say that Arthur was killed by shrapnel passing through his steel helmet at Pozieres. Only one person witnessed this event, Cpl. B.L. Scott, who said it occurred Monday July 24th while Arthur was sitting in the trenches at 9:30pm. Arthur died three days before his older brother William Lindsay McCulloch. Died on the same battlefield. Elizabeth (mother) tirelessly searched for his grave but with no success.