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Arnold Penberthy Chegwin (1886-1917)


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Arnold Penberthy Chegwin (1886-1917)





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World War One Veterans Item Type Metadata


Arnold Penberthy Chegwin

Birth Date


Service Number


Enlistment Date

Next of Kin

Isabel Chegwin

Address at time of Enlistment

53 Haines Street,


Marital Status


Death Date

Place of Burial

No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Belgium

Biographical Text

No.2842  Arnold Penberthy Chegwin
Arnold Penberthy Chegwin was born in 1886 in Creswick Victoria to William Henry Chegwin and Isabel Pearce.  He was one of nine children, four sisters:
  • Edith
  • Olivia Jane
  • Bertha Isabel
  • Viola Myrtle
and four brothers:
  • William 
  • Edward 
  • Herbert and
  • another Arnold, who was born 1879 but survived for only one month.  
His father died on 6 July 1898, aged 54 years old, in the Lilliport Shire of Rutherglen Victoria, where he was a mine manager.  

In 1903, Isabella Chegwin was living at 115 Sturt Street, Ballarat with Olivia and Edith. Her occupation was listed as confectioner. In 1914, Arnold was living in Station Street, Werribee with his occupation listed as Hairdresser.

War Service
Arnold enlisted in the army at Prahran Victoria on the 27th June 1916. His next of kin was listed as his mother, Isabel Chegwin of 736 High Street, Thornbury.
He was aged 29 years and 9 months and he was five feet, six and a half inches tall. Arnold was assigned to 6th Reinforcements/2nd Pioneer Battalion. He weighed 154 pounds and had a chest measurement of 34 to 38 inches. His complexion was listed as fresh, with blue eyes and light brown hair. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Arnold left Melbourne on 20 October 1916 aboard the Prt Lincoln.  He disembarked at Plymouth 9 January 1917.

He was sick in hospital in February 1917, and he proceeded overseas to France on 9 May 1917.  He marched out to his unit on 19 May 1917 and was taken on strength the same day and joined the 4th Pioneer Battalion unit.  

Arnold was killed in action on 6 August 1917, aged 30 near Fanny's Farm on Messnes Ridge,Ypres, Belgium.

Notices were placed in newspapers advising of his passing.
"Pte Arnold Chegwin. Mr W. H. Chegwin, headmaster of the Tatura State School has been advised that his youngest brother Pte. Arnold Chegwin, has been killed in action in France".
The Shepparton Advertiser, 30 August 1917, p.4.

"CHEGWIN, Killed in action, in France, August 6, 1917, Private Arnold P. Chegwin, 4th Pioneers, beloved youngest son of Isabel and late W.H. Chegwin, loved brother of Mrs Ralph, 736 High Street, Thornbury, Will, Edward, Herbert, Mrs Mackey, Bertha and Viola, aged 30 years".
The Argus, 22 August 1917, p.1 

Medals and Entitlements:
[received by Isabel Chegwin]
  • British War Medal - 1 August 1921
  • Victory Medal -14 April 1923
  • Memorial Plaque - 24 October 1922 (Bertha Chegwin signed for it)
  • Memorial Scroll - 17 December 1921


War records

Family Records

Harvard/Australian citation
1917 'Pte. Arnold Chegwin.', Shepparton Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1953), 30 August, p. 4 Edition: NEW EDITION and EVENINGS., viewed 2 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92108160

Harvard/Australian citation
1917 'Family Notices.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 22 August, p. 1, viewed 2 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1644438

Medals and Entitlements

British War Medal
Victory Medal


“Arnold Penberthy Chegwin (1886-1917),” Wyndham History, accessed December 9, 2023, https://wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/1674.


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