AUSTIN, Arthur Allan
(Service number 12721)

Aliases Known as Allan
First Rank Driver Last Rank Sergeant


Date 24 January 1895 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o NZ Shipping Co., Dunedin
Occupation Shipping clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. AUSTIN (mother), 25 Rutherford Street, Dunedin; later 32 Catherine Street, Timaru; then 55 Hassall Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 13th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Clerk; accountant


Date 22 December 1959 Age 64 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Press, 23 December 1959
Memorial or Cemetery Crematorium Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Arthur Allan Austin, known as Allan, was the older son of Arthur Augustin and Mary Ann (née Watson) Austin. He was born on 24 January 1895 at Dunedin and educated at Caversham School, going on to the Boys’ High School in 1910 and then to Technical Classes in 1912.

He named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs A. Austin, 15 Rutherford Street, Dunedin. She was later at 32 Catherine Street, Timaru, and then at 55 Hassell Street, Timaru, which was Allan’s intended address on return. His sister Grace married at Chalmers Church, Timaru, on 14 November 1917. Arthur A. and Mary A. (née Watkins) Austin were at 32 Catherine Street, Timaru, when they celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary on 23 November 1917. Allan was a shipping clerk with the New Zealand Shipping Company, giving his address as C/o NZ Shipping Co., Dunedin. He was probably with the Wellington office when he went into camp with the artillery of the 13th Reinforcements on 7 February 1916. He was presented with a handsome wristlet watch by his work colleagues on 31 March.

Driver A. A. Austin embarked with the New Zealand Field Artillery of the 13th Reinforcements at Wellington on 27 May 1916. Corporal Arthur Allan Austin was reported wounded on 18 September 1918 and admitted to hospital, but not a severe case. Sergeant A. A. Austin, of Timaru, returned to New Zealand by the “Arawa” which was expected at Lyttelton on 12 May 1919. There in the draft of soldiers who arrived at Timaru by special troop train on the morning of 15 May 1919 and were welcomed by an enthusiastic, cheering crowd, was Sergeant A. A. Austin. The mayor congratulated them on their gallant deeds abroad and expressed the hope that they would soon settle down again to their civil occupations, and that they would be as successful in them as they had been at the war. Mr Craigie, M.P., thanked them for the noble work they had done, hoping they would live long and enjoy many prosperous and happy days.

The following month, Mr A. A. Austin (senior) was inducted as an elder at Chalmers Presbyterian Church, Timaru. Arthur Allan Austin married Christina Munro Thomson in 1922. He died on 22 December 1959 at Christchurch, aged 64 years, and was cremated. He was survived by his wife and daughter Jean.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [7 April 2023]; NZ BDM (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 April 2023]; Evening Post, 7 February 1916, 1 April 1916, Otago Daily Times, 23 November 1917, Otago Witness, 28 November 1917, Timaru Herald, 1 October 1918, 1 & 16 May 1919, 17 June 1919, Dominion, 1 October 1918, Sun, 29 April 1919, Press, 23 December 1959 (Papers Past) [23 May 2016; 26 May 2023]

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