Private Arthur Laughton HALLIDAY

18 November 1891 – 5 June 1918

Private Arthur Laughton HALLIDAY​


  • 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
  • Killed in Action – 5th June 1918
    • Killed from shell fire that he received while on duty burying cable in the vicinity of Heilly, Mericourt, FRANCE

Cemetery &/or Memorial:

  • Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France
  • Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour,
  • Windsor War Memorial

Military Honours & Awards:

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal

Armistice Centenary War Memorial

Commemoration Service

  • ANZAC Day 2021 Keynote Address Ian Errington
  • ANZAC Day 2022 inaugural Roll of Honour Tribute


  • In 1908, Halliday joined the City of Brisbane Rifle Club at the age of 17
  • He won several club championships: one of which was the 1915 City of Brisbane Club Championship and Handicap Aggregate – Enoggera (verified)
  • Halliday won the Stock Exchange Cup (1913) shooting in the first stage of the King’s prize (seven shots at 200 yards, 500 yards, and 600 yards). Halliday scored 100 out of a possible 105.
  • in 1913, he was 8th in the King’s Prize (Bisley)
  • 1913 he won the Victorian King’s Prize
  • In his second trip to Bisley, he placed 4th in the King’s Prize with a score of 302.


  • In 1911, Halliday travelled with the QLD team to WA (1911), Hobart (1912) and was part the QLD team which competed in the Commonwealth Match in Brisbane (1913)
  • In 1913, he was selected in the Australian Rifle Team for Bisley
  • The Australian Team won the Mackinnon Shield (1913) with Halliday achieving a personal score of 130.
  • He was part of the Australian Team in the Empire Match (1913) that came second to Great Britain (Bisley)
  • In 1914 he was again selected in the Australian Rifle Team for Bisley
  • The Australian Team was victorious in the:
    • Kolapore Cups 1914 (Bisley)
    • Mackinnon Shield in 1914 (Bisley)

Arthur Laughton HALLIDAY


Regimental number


Place of birth

Nundah, Queensland


Nundah School, Nundah, Queensland


Church of England




Wooloowin, Queensland

Marital status


Age at embarkation


Next of kin

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

Enlistment date

16 September 1916

Rank on enlistment


Unit name

25th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement

AWM Embarkation Roll number


Embarkation details

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

Rank from Nominal Roll


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.


Killed in Action 5 June 1918

Place of death or wounding

Mericourt, 1918, France

Age at death


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

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