Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arney brothers - Smithfield War memorial

ARNEY Reginald Hopetoun & Norman Lawrence

Reginald and Norman are the sons of William Henry. William married Rachel Moore Lindsay in 1891 at Dublin, SA. After his marriage he rented land from the S.A. Company and ran a dairy farm for many years at Woodside. They had ten children.
Rachel died and William married again in 1924 to Louisa Hughes of North Adelaide.

Reginald was 21 when he enlisted on March 15th 1916 in the army. He joined the 4th Division Signal Company of the 50th Battalion. He sailed on the HMAT “Aeneas” on 4th April 1916, but was admitted to hospital in Columbo on 20th April with measles. He was taken back on the strength at the General Base Depot at Etaples, France on 9th October 1916. He was hospitalised again on 27th November 1917 until 4th January 1918 at Havre, France.

On 6th July 1918 he was wounded in the wrist and shoulder. He was invalided to the U.K. and sent to Middlesex War Hospital. After the war ended Sapper Arney was sent from England on “HT Swakepmund” on 15th June 1919 and disembarked on 30th July 1919. Reginald was awarded the British War Medal, Star, and Victory Medals.

On returning to Australia, Reginald married Ida Morphett Tidmarsh at West Adelaide on 1st July 1920. Ida’s brother Charles Edgar also appears on the Smithfield war memorial.

Reginald returned to farming at Wanbi. He also appears on the Prospect Memorial.

Norman, the third child signed up on March 15th 1916. He gave his employment as farm hand. His date of embarkation was 12th July 1916 on HMAT “Seeang Bee”, which arrived at Plymouth on 9th September 1916. He then proceeded to France on the “Prince Henrietta” from Folkstone on 29th September 1916 and then marched to Etaples to join the 50th Battalion. On 19th December 1916 he developed mumps. He reported sick on a few occasions during the war and eventually rejoined his unit on 8th April 1918. After the war he was returned to Australia on the “Lancashire” from England on 7th February 1919. He disembarked on 20th March 1919.
On his return home he married local girl Lyla Madge Fatchen on 12th September 1920 at the Methodist Church Angle Vale. They had four children.

They must have moved to Wanbi later as Norman is listed in the Advertiser as a creditor in the Farmers Relief Act 1931 along with his brother William Hurtle, both at Wanbi. He was still farming sheep there in 1936.

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