Military – Week 21 52 Ancestors

Arnold Leland SIVIOUR the grandson of Mary Ann Harriet LOADES was killed in action on the 14th June, 1918 in Palestine. His grave is the second on the right in the featured image.

Troops at beersheba
Troops in Palestine

Arnold was the second child of Thomas Moses SIVIOUR and Adelaide Lavinia MASTERS, born on 30th December 1897 at Redhill in South Australia. He enlisted in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment on the 1st of May 1917. At the time he was 19years and 4months old.  His enlistment papers tell us he was 5 feet 4 and half inches, of fair complexion, blue eyed and brown hair. He was deemed as being medically fit for service.

Due to bouts of ill health, measles and having spent time in quarantine during his training Arnold did not embark from Melbourne until March 1918. He left Australia onboard the Ormonde and reached the camp at Moascar in April. He embarked with other reinforcements for the 3rd light horse.

beersheba 2
Light Horse Getting Water

Arnold was admitted to hospital with a bout of rubella before returning to the field and marching out with the third light horse on 6th of July. He was killed in action 8 days later. He is buried at Abu Tellul Jericho.

The notice is the Australian Christian Commonwealth stated that his grandmother commented that she had kept her promise to care for him and handed him back into he care of his mother who had died when he was a young boy. Arnold’s military career highlights the life cut short for many young men both during the first war and in subsequent wars.


PRIVATE WILL. SYMS, PRIVATE G. CROUCH, AND PRIVATE ARNOLD SIVIOUR. (1918, August 2). Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 – 1940), p. 15. Retrieved June 9, 2018, from   
Australian War Museum, Photograph J03169. Copyright expired public domain
Australian War Museum, Photograph J03165. Copyright expired public domain
Australian War Museum, Photograph B03313. Copyright expired public domain
National Archives of Australia, B2455 SIVIOUR, Arnold Lealnd, Service Record







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