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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Lieutenant Arthur Wilcock, 24th Battalion from Bendigo, Victoria.

A 32 year old teacher prior to being appointed a Lieutenant in the

AIF on 25 September 1916.  AWM H06244.


Wilcock A            Lieut        Arthur             24 Inf Bn    32    Teacher    Married    Meth        

Address:    Kensington, Wolseley Pde, 63    

Next of Kin:    Wilcock, Clarice Isabel, Mrs, wife, 63 Wolseley Pde, Kensington 

                                                                                 PO Long Gully, Bendigo                      from 5 Mar 1918

                                                                                 73 Graham St, Quarry Hill, Bendigo  from 23 May 1918  

                                                                                 "Wolseley", 126 Garsed St, Bendigo  from 24 Sep 1923

                                                                                 14 Waterloo St, Bendigo                     from 6 Feb 1924

Enlisted:          2 Oct 1916       

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 23 Nov 1916    

Prior Service: Commissioned service in junior and senior cadets, 61C.


Date of Death:  04/10/1917

CWGC: "Son of Joseph F. and Susan A. Wilcock; husband of Mrs. C. I. Wilcock, of 73, Graham St., Quarry Hill, Bendigo, Victoria. Native of Bendigo, Victoria".



Wilcock, Arthur   High School, Bendigo (Last school before enlistment)


Officers of the 24th Battalion, France 1917.  Middle Row: second from left 2 Lieut  Alfred John May;

4th from left Lieut Arthur Wilcock (killed in action in Belgium 4 October 1917).  AWM Collection P07758.001.





Lieutenant Arthur Wilcock, officially reported killed in action on the 4th of October, 1917, was formerly a master at the Bendigo High School. Born on the 6th of September, 1884, he was for a time a student at St Andrew's College, Bendigo. He entered the service of this Department in 1899, being appointed a junior teacher at School 2120, Long Gully. Afterwards, he was assistant master at Schools 1566, Gravel Hill, and  2901, Moonee Ponds West, and on the staff of the Melbourne and Bendigo high schools. He ceased duty as a teacher on the 9th of October, 1916. His record shows that he was thorough in his  teaching, diligent, and resourceful. He was a good student, having gained the degree of Bachelor of Arts (final honors in philosophy) and the Diploma of Education. He leaves behind him a widow (formerly Clarice Orr) and two children; their address is 63 Wolseley-parade, Kensington. His mother is  postmistress at Long Gully. The only brother of the deceased, Lieutenant E. L.  Wilcock, formerly head teacher at School 1628, Mandurang South, was also a soldier on active service, and was twice wounded. Concerning Arthur Wilcock, a brother teacher writes from Bendigo, " I think him absolutely the most gifted man I have met among the teachers of the Department." He enlisted as a  Lieutenant on the 25th of September, 1916, and embarked with the 18th Reinforcements to the 24th Battalion on the transport Hororata on the 23rd of  November. After training in England, he proceeded to France and joined his unit on the 24th of April, 1917. He was killed near Zonnebeke, Belgium. 


Education Department's Record of War Service.





Word has been received in Bendigo of the death in action of Lieutenant Arthur Wilcock, formerly of the staff of the Bendigo High School. Lieutenant Wilcock, who was a married man with three children, left for the front only last year his wife and family, on his enlisting, leaving Bendigo to reside with her parents in Melbourne. Lieutenant Wilcock before enlisting had been science master at the Bendigo High School for the past eight years. He was a former student at the Camp School, Bendigo and subsequently entered the Education department. He qualified for the B.A. and M.A. degrees whilst teaching. In military life he had charge of the High school Senior Cadets, and was also area officer at area 68C, Bendigo, Cr. J. Holland taking up his duties on his departure. Only yesterday week there appeared a notification in the papers that he had been wounded, but the later message received on Friday stated that he had been killed in action. Lieutenant Wilcock was a son of Mrs. Wilcock, post-mistress at Long Gully. A brother, Lieutenant E. L. Wilcock, was recently awarded the Military Cross, and when last heard from was still fighting in France. As a mark of respect to Lieutenant Wilcock's memory, the flag was flown at half mast at the High School on Friday. Lieutenant Bishops, who succeeded Lieutenant Wilcock as science teacher at the High School, addressing the cadets while on parade on Friday referred in terms of affection to the death of their late teacher and commanding officer. Subsequently the boys marched past their officer and saluted the flag. 


LIEUTENANT ARTHUR WILCOCK. (1917, October 25). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 11. Retrieved November 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90853232


Menin Gate in the centre of the photo, courtesy of the Melbourne High School Archives, 2014.


To those of the Armies of the British Empire who stood here, from 1914 to 1918,

and to those of their dead who have no known grave.  Courtesy of the Melbourne

High School Archives, 2014.


Some of the officers and men of the 24 Infantry Battalion inscribed on the

Menin Gate, including that of Lieutenant A Wilcock. Courtesy of Melbourne

High School Archives, 2014.


War Service Commemorated

Melbourne High School  (ex Master)

Education Department's Record of War Service.

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