Arthur Charles HOMER #115

Arthur Charles Homer, The Queenslander Pictorial, 1914

Arthur HOMER, 5th Light Horse Regiment

Arthur HOMER, was born in Bathurst, NSW in 1889 the son of Thomas Homer and Margaret Mary Mason; he enlisted at Lismore in September 1914, not long after the declaration of Australia’s involvement in the First World War.  With previous service in a Light Horse regiment at Corakai, he was assigned to a mounted regiment and transferred to Enoggera Camp, Brisbane where the 5th Light Horse was being brought to strength, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Harris.

It was here that Homer had his photograph taken, which was later published in The Queenslander Pictorial, prior to his embarkation. Homer was allocated to ‘B’ Squadron, 5th Light Horse Regiment; and on 12 December 1914 troops and horses travelled by train from Newmarket, and arrived in Liverpool, NSW, 2 days later. They sailed for Egypt from Sydney on board HMAT Vestalia, 21 December 1914.

Several men died on the voyage, of pneumonia and measles, but the remainder of the troops and horses arrived at Alexandria on 1 February 1915 where they were transported by train to Cairo and marched to the Light Horse camp at Maadi. While infantry battalions were readied for operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Light Horse were keen to join them, and offered their services 'dismounted'. They were to join their comrades in 3 weeks after the landing, arriving at Anzac Cove on 19 May 1915.

Arthur Homer was killed in action, on Harris Ridge, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915 during a difficult operation when British shell fire from ships anchored in the harbour, landed among the Australian troops. There is little noted in Homer's records about his service, however in red script it is stated that Homer's body was initially left where he fell, at the Balkan Gun Pits, on Harris Ridge.

In 1921 his body was re-interred at Shell Green Cemetery by the Imperial War Graves Commission, along with 403 other identified casualties. His effects and service medals eventually found their way to his next of kin, his father Thomas Homer.

Four other Homer brothers enlisted: Charles William Homer #5687, Edward Homer #N94239, George Vincent Homer #2919, and William John Homer #7011

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