Private Arthur Laughton HALLIDAY

Pre-enlistment:

·         Born: 18th of November 1891 to parents John William Laughton and Eleanor Garget HALLIDAY of Wride St, Wooloowin, Qld

·         He went to Nundah school

·         Occupation: Clerk

·         1914: after war was declared, he was engaged as a musketry instructor in the AIF camps for 14 months

Service:

·         Service Number 6818

·         Enlisted: 16/09/1916 at a rifle range in Brisbane.

·         16/09/1916: Joined the 25th Battalion, 20th reinforcements

·         14/06/1917: Embarkation from Sydney on HMAT Hororata A20

·         5th & 7th Training Battalion in Wiltshire, England before joining his Unit in France in late April 1918

Died:

·         05/06/1918 he was killed in action in Mericourt, France

Cemetery &/or Memorial:

·         Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France

·         Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour,

·         Windsor War Memorial

Honours & Awards:

·         British War Medal

·         Victory Medal

Rifle Club

·         City of Brisbane Rifle Club joined at the age of 17 in 1908

·         Won several club championships

·         1913 Selected in the Australian Rifle Team for Bisley and finished 8th in the competition

·         1913 he won the Victorian King’s Prize

·         1914 Selected in the Australian Rifle Team for Bisley and finished 4th in the competition

·         1920 – 1963 The Halliday Shield was competed for in his memory

ACWM Commemoration Service

·         ANZAC Day 2021 Keynote Address Ian Errington – mentioned

·         ANZAC Day 2022 inaugural Roll of Honour Tribute

References:

·         https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4266926

·         https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1935397

·         https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1637343– see Roll of Honour Circular

·         https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=123734

·         https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/248129

·         ACWM ANZAC Day 2021 Keynote Address, Ian Errington

·         AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

·         QRA Museum Display Board

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/39926889?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/175450301?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/19958863?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/19942049?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/19946062?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

·         https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120094142?searchTerm=A.L.Halliday%20Bisley

Arthur Laughton HALLIDAY

Regimental number

6818

Place of birth

Nundah, Queensland

School

Nundah School, Nundah, Queensland

Religion

Church of England

Occupation

Clerk

Address

Wooloowin, Queensland

Marital status

Single

Age at embarkation

25

Next of kin

Mother, Mrs Eleanor Halliday, Wride Street, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland

Enlistment date

16 September 1916

Rank on enlistment

Private

Unit name

25th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement

AWM Embarkation Roll number

23/42/6

Embarkation details

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917

Rank from Nominal Roll

Private

Unit from Nominal Roll

25th Battalion

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

“A.L. Halliday at the time of his death was the Champion Rifle Shot of Queensland. He had represented the State on three occasions in interstate matches and was one of the Australian team at Bisley in two consecutive years, coming 8th in the Kings the first year and 4th the second year. On his way home he won the Kings Prize in Melbourne. He also won many trophies and medals, and, on several occasions, he won the championship of the Club. He was a member of the City Rifle Club.” Details from Mother.

Fate

Killed in Action 5 June 1918

Place of death or wounding

Mericourt, 1918, France

Age at death

20

Place of burial

Bonnay Cemetery Extension (Row C, Grave No. 14), France

Australian War Memorial

Panel number, Roll of Honour,104

Miscellaneous information from cemetery records

Parents: John and Eleanor HALLIDAY, Wryde Street, Wooloowin, Brisbane

Family/military connections

Cousin, Robert Bede Cochrane, of Western Australia

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

About Us

The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs.   Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).

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Our Location

Belmont Shooting Complex

Albert Rifle Club

Small club whose members have many years experience in the sport of fullbore shooting bot target rifle & F Class and will always provide the assistance required to potential new members in order to grow to our sport and open it up to others.

  • Location

    Duncan Range, Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont

  • Distances shot at range

    300 yards to 1000 yards

  • When do we shoot

    Saturday afternoon

  • How often do we shoot

    Weekly

  • Disciplines

    TR, FSTD, FO, FTR

  • Shooting Programs

    Come and Try Program