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 Arthur Sidney “Jock” West

Arthur Sidney “Jock” West

Birth
New South Wales, Australia
Death 8 Nov 1917 (aged 28)
Kent, England
Burial Dartford, Dartford Borough, Kent, England
Plot 1983
Memorial ID 29359024 · View Source
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Casualty of the Great War.
The photographs show Arthur's grave in the summer of 2008; it had recently been restored [by "John and his wife Jackie"] following acceptance by the authorities of his status as an official casualty of the First World War.
He was Australian and worked as an engine fitter in munitions when he was killed at work, aged 28. His service no. was 1014 and he was the son of William Luke West and Mary West of Plymouth, Punchbowl Road, Enfield, Sydney, New South Wales.

Death Registration:
Year of Registration: 1917
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Age at Death: 27
District: Dartford
County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 758

His dossier is held by the NAA (Melbourne).
Title: WEST Arthur Sidney - Munitions Worker Number 1014
Barcode: 5910309
Series number: MT1139/1
Contents date range: 1917 – 1920

Australian Munitions and War Workers Overseas are granted war grave status if they died on duty and of a war cause.

Arthur was born at Enfield in Sydney, the eighth child of William Luke and Mary West who emmigrated to Australia in 1880 from Tavistock in Devonshire, England.
Jock was a toolmaker by trade. He was unfit for war service so he paid his own way to England on the P and O ship "Arabia" to work in a munitions factory.
On the voyage, The Arabia was torpedoed at about 11 am on 6 November 1916 about 180 km south west of Cape Matapan, Greece. She took a little over an hour to sink but fortunately most of the crew and passengers including
Jock were saved.After his arrival in England Jock was sent to work at Crayford Works in Kent as a toolmaker in the Rifle Stock department where, on the 8th of November 1917 he was killed in a terrible accident having fallen into a band cutting machine and died from internal haemorrhage
following injuries to his ribs and lungs.The Crayford Works magazine published an epitaph to Jock.

"As a mechanic he was keen, energetic and thorough. As a man and a comrade he was appraised by all who knew him. In the midst of any worry he was always well met and his smile so nearly approached permanency that he appealed to all as the personification of content.
Only 28 years of age,in the bloom of manhood and under extremely ghastly and unfortunate circumstances, he met his death as a true born soldier, in the course and execution of his duty."


Inscription

Front End: ARTHUR SIDNEY WEST

Side : ERECTED TO HIS MEMORY BY FELLOW
AUSTRALIAN MUNITIONS WORKERS AND FRIENDS

Back End : NOVEMBER 8TH 1917 AGED 28 YEARS

Side : OF ENFIELD N.S.W. AUSTRALIA WHO DIED FROM INJURIES RECEIVED AT HIS WORK.

Gravesite Details interred November 13th, 1917.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
  • Added: 27 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29359024
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Sidney “Jock” West (26 Jun 1889–8 Nov 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29359024, citing Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford, Dartford Borough, Kent, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .