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The 43rd Btn. AIF
The 43rd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Australian Division, was raised in South Australia on the 7th of March 1916.
The 43rd Btn departed from Adelaide on the 9th of June 1916 onboard the Afric and landed in Egypt before going on to England. A further 7 reinforcements would follow, the last leaving Melbourne on the 7th of March 1918. Arriving in England on the 41st Battalion spent the next few months training and crossed to France in late December.
Their first major action was the Battle of Messines, launched on the 7th of June 1917, when the battalion was in reserve near Ploesteert Wood, close to the Ultimo and Factory Farm mines, following the 9th and 10th Division after the main objectives on the Black Line had been captured and pushing forward to the next objectives on the Oosttaverne Line in the afternoon of the 7th of June.The 43rd Battalion went onto the Battle of Passchendaele. In 1918 they saw action in the Spring Offensive when the enemy pushed through the lines. The 43rd Battalion was disbanded in 1919.
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Those known to have served with The 43rd Btn. AIF during the Great War 1914-1918.
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- Pte. William Townsend Abbott (d.31st Jul 1917)
- Sjt. Harold Ernest Argus (d.4th Jun 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. John William Brack (d.3rd Jul 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. C. Gouge (d.12th Jun 1917)
- L/Cpl Lawrence Carthage Weathers VC (d.29 Sep 1918)
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Sjt. Harold Ernest Argus 43rd Btn. (d.4th Jun 1917)Harold Angus was 30 year old clergyman from Adelaide, he lost his life near Ploesteert Wood on the 4th of June 1917. During a practice barrage two parties from the 11th Brigade where to undertake a trench raid. The lorries bringing up the part from the 43rd Btn, lead by Lt. Coleman and including Sjt. Angus, were delayed at Hyde Park Corner. By the time they arrived at the front line the barrage had just finished, but the keen young Lieutenant lead his party forward. Enemy Machine guns opened fire and Sjt. Angus and Lt. Coleman were both killed. Sjt. Gardiner took over the party and lead them back to their own lines. The battalion suffered eight casualties in this incident. The party from the 44th Battalion succeeded in their raid and captured four enemy prisoners.
Sjt. Angus was laid to rest in Strand Military Cemetery close to the village of Ploegseert.
Pte. John William Brack 43rd Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1917)John Brack was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, he was married to Bessie and they lived in Riverton, Western Australia. John was 41 years old when he lost his life, he lies in Bethleen Farm East Cemetery in Belgium.
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