McARTHUR, Archibald Fergusson
(Service number 68358)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||25 September 1888||Place of Birth||Winton|
|Address at Enlistment||Godley Peaks, Tekapo|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. A. McARTHUR (wife), care of R. J. Paterson, Fairlie, Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||37th Reinforcements, C Company|
|Date||9 May 1918|
|Embarked From||Destination||Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
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|Date||6 January 1935||Age||46 years|
|Place of Death||Omarama|
|Cause||Syncope; perforation of stomach ulcer; weakend lungs caused by being gassed at war|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Oamaru Old Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Block 199, Plot 19|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Archibald Ferguson McArthur was born on 25 September 1888 at Winton, the fourth son of Archibald and Janet (née Hamilton) McArthur. He was educated at the local school. His father died in March 1895 at Winton, when young Archibald was not seven years old. Archibald married Margaret Ann McIvor on 21 April 1916 at Invercargill. He was a salesman residing at Godley Peaks, Tekapo, when he enlisted, while Margaret was at Fairlie. .
Private A. F. McArthur embarked with the 37th Reinforcements on 9 May 1918 per the “Maunganui”, headed for Liverpool, England. He returned to New Zealand aboard the “Chupra”, one of 732 soldiers due at Lyttelton about July 22nd, 1919. Archibald Ferguson McArthur died at Omarama on 6 January 1935, there being complex causes of his death – syncope, perforation of old standing ulcer of stomach, and weakened lungs caused by being gassed at war. He was buried in the Oamaru Old Cemetery with his wife who had died just four months before. Mrs McArthur was seriously injured in a motor accident at Otekaieke and died in the Oamaru Hospital. A younger brother, Andrew Douglas McArthur, also served in World War One.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 April 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 April 2021]; School Admission indexes [01 May 2021]; Oamaru Cemetery burial records (Waitaki District Council) [01 May 2021]; NZ Times, 4 July 1919, Timaru Herald, 11 September 1934 (Papers Past)
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