Courtesy of Rod Appleton
Trooper Arthur James Doyle
Pakenham & District War Memorial & Pakenham Upper Roll of Honour
Born: c. December 1886 - Near Ballarat, Victoria
Enlisted: 2 August 1915 aged 28
Unit: 9th Light Horse, 11th Reinforcement (SERN: 1374)
Died: 21 October 1938 - Prospect, South Australia
Arthur was the second of the Doyle brothers to enlist. As a young man, Arthur worked for a time on a farm. He was passionate about cycling and eventually found a job in a bicycle shop in Violet Town (near Balmuttum, where his mother Georgina was station and postmistress for a time) and took part in the Melbourne to Warrnambool bike race (1). He later moved to South Australia. Arthur was a 28 year old packer when he enlisted in August 1915. He had previously tried to enlist at Keswick South Australia, but had been deemed medically unfit (2). Arthur was assigned to 9th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement. He embarked for overseas in late October 1915. In January 1916, Arthur was hospitalised at Suez Egypt with bronchitis, which turned out to be tubercular pleurisy. He was invalided back to Australia for discharge as medically unfit. He arrived back in Australia on the hospital ship “HMHT Karoola” on 21 February 1916 and was discharged from the Army in Adelaide on 11 March 1917. Arthur had served in the Army for a total of one year and 222 days, of which 118 were spent on active service overseas (3). He was not able to be present at Pakenham Upper in July 1918 when the community presented certificates to those Diggers who had already returned home(4).
In 1917, Arthur married Edith Saddler. On 21 October 1938, Arthur died suddenly at his home in Prospect South Australia. He was only 51 years old (5). Arthur was buried in North Rd Cemetery, where his tombstone later also honoured his son Edward Doyle. Edward was lost at sea in 1941 when the HMAS Sydney was sunk by a German raider off the Western Australia coast. He was just 19 years old.
The assistance of Arthur’s relative Wally Nye and Rod Appleton; and Helen Stein of the North Rd Cemetery Adelaide is gratefully acknowledged.
(1) S. Wilson (ND) p. 3
(2) & (3) NAA B2455 DOYLE A J
(4) PG 5/7/1918, p. 2.
(5) Chronicle 27/10/1938 p. 27