• Arthur Single

Army / Flying Corps
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • Private
  • Lieutenant

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  • Military Medal (MM)
  • Birth

    Mudgee, New South Wales Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    St George, QLD, Australia

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    • The Men of "A" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Sunday, 19 January 2020

    Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954) Thu 19 Oct 1916 Page 17 Military Medal for a Mudgee Boy. Another Mudgee boy to gain distinction is Mrs. W. T. Hattersley's youngest brother, Arthur Single, who has been awarded the Military Medal. He has also been recommended for a commission. He is now holding the position of the Company's Sergeant Major. He entered as a private, served, in Gallipoli, and is now in France. The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Thu 2 Nov 1916 Page 4 PERSONAL NOTES. Another Queensland boy to gain distinction is Company Sergeant-major Arthur Single. He has been awarded the Military Medal. He has also been recommended for a commission. He enlisted as a private, served in Gallipoli, and is now in France. He is the youngest brother of Mr. K. Single, Brisbane. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Fri 2 May 1919 Page 2 The following appeared in our Second Edition yesterday. Returned Soldiers. 405 Welcomed Back. Returned soldiers, numbering 12 officers, 3 sisters, and 390 of other ranks who came home on the transports Nevassa, Euripides, and Janus, were on Thursday, released from quarantine at Lytton, brought up the river on the steamer Beaver, and landed, at the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital wharf. The returnees were enthusiastically welcomed by a large gathering on the wharf and in the hospital grounds of their relatives and friends. "Home, Sweet Home" and other airs were played by the Army Reserve Band as the Beaver approached the wharf. Steam whistles and hooters, noised abroad the arrival of the heroes, and the people on shore heartily cheered them. The State Governor (Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams), Lady Goold- Adams, the State commandant (Brigadier-general Irving), the Minister for Education (Mr. Hardacre), and the Mayor (Ald. C. P. Buchanan) officially welcomed the soldiers. His Excellency heartily greeted the men. Some of them had, he said, served in France and Flanders, and others in Mesopotamia, but wherever they had been, they had done their duty, and had given us peace and security. They had endured many hardships. The latest risk they had had to run was the influenza, and he congratulated them upon their escape. They had left behind them' many of their comrades, whom, he deeply regretted, they were not welcoming with the returned men. "You have done your duty,' added the Governor, "and let us hope that the peace treaty which the Germans are about to sign will assure up that liberty which you have done your best to secure." Mr. Hardacre welcomed the soldiers on behalf of the State Government. They had, he said, been doing the work, not only of their country, but of civilisation. Germany set out determined to conquer the world, and had she done so, she would have destroyed all our free institutions. No greater task was ever set mankind than that which the Allies' soldiers had so successfully accomplished. "We are proud of your success, concluded, the Minister, "and I wish you, not only a hearty welcome home, but all prosperity in the future." (Applause.) The Mayor, speaking for the citizens of Brisbane, also welcomed the returnees. Those who were forced to remain behind, he said, were grateful to those who had done their bit to keep us safe and free under the flag of liberty. A friend of his, writing from Gallipoli, had declared that every man on the peninsula deserved, the V.C. And the people felt just as proud of those men who had no decorations as those who possessed them. He hoped that every success would follow the soldiers in their private life. (Applause.) Several of the soldiers wore decorations for valour in the field. Lieutenant C. A. Stapleton, of the 26th Battalion, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stapleton, of Charters Towers, is the possessor of the Military Cross and bar, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the Cross of St. George. The last-named is a Russian decoration, and was awarded to Lieutenant Stapleton at Pozieres. Lieutenant Stapleton enlisted in April, 1915, and saw service in Gallipoli, Flanders, and France. T.Captain Eric C. Cribb, M.C., of the 12th F.C.E., a member of the well known Ipswich family of that name, and Lieutenant Arthur Single, M.M., of the 26th Battalion, also were amongst the returnees. The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926) Fri 2 May 1919 Page 3 HOME AGAIN. 405 RETURNED SOLDIERS. There was a big rush on the Customs House and other ferries yesterday morning by the relatives and friends of returned soldiers from the transports Euripides, Nevasa, and Janus, and it was just as well that there was a member of the Water Police present to regulate the ferry traffic. By the time the Beaver drew up alongside the wharf in the Kangaroo Point Hospital grounds- shortly after 11 a.m.; — there must have been a crowd of over 1000. As soon as the khaki-smothered Beaver was seen rounding the bend, everyone had flags and handkerchiefs waving, and with the sirens in full blast everywhere, and the A.A.R. Band playing "Home, Sweet Home," the soldiers realised that they were indeed safely "home", once more. Amongst those present at the wharf were his Excellency the Governor and Lady Goold-Adams, the Military Commandant (Brigadier-General Irving), Lieut.-Col L. MacDonnell, the Minister for Education (Mr. Hardacre), the Mayor (Alderman C. P. Buchanan), Captain M. C. Trotter, and the matron of the hospital (Matron Bishop, R.R.C.). His Excellency said he was present as His Majesty's representative in this State to accord them a hearty welcome on their safe return to Queensland. Amongst them were those who had served not only in France and Flanders, but in Palestine and Mesopotamia. Wherever they had been they had done their duty. they had risked their lives and suffered from disease and hardships, and even lately they had run the risk of infection from the pneumonic influenza epidemic. He congratulated them heartily on coming safety through all these dangers. He hoped that the peace about to be signed would be a permanent one, and that none of the Allied countries would share the discord now prevailing in other countries. (Applause). Three hearty cheers were given for his Excellency by the returned soldiers. Mr. Hardacre accorded a hearty welcome on behalf of the State Government, and the Mayor voiced a welcome on behalf of the citizens of Brisbane. Three cheers called by his Excellency the Governor for the returned soldiers were lustily given. The troops then disembarked, and were given a hearty welcome by their relatives and friends. Altogether there were 405 returned soldiers, including 12 officers and three sisters. The officer in command was Colonel W. G. Allsop, of the 3rd Divisional Artillery, a native of Brisbane, who had been awarded, amongst other decorations, a C.M.G.-ship and a D.S.O. He has been away since 1915, serving on the Western front. Another distinguished officer who returned was Lieutenant C. A. Stapleton, 26th Battalion, who was awarded the D.C.M., a Military Cross and bar., and the Cross of St. George, the latter a Russian decoration. He is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stapleton, of Charters Towers, and enlisted as a private at that town in April, 1915. He served at Gallipoli and on the Western front, and has a younger brother still at the front. Lieut. Stapleton resolutely refused to be interviewed. Other officers who returned were Lieutenant L. L. Gill, in charge of a wireless Squadron of 22 members from Mesopotamia ; Temp.-Captain E. C. Cribb, M.C., 12th F.C, Engineers, son of Mr. Cribb, M.L.C., Ipswich; and Lieutenant Arthur Single, M.M., 26th Battalion. There was also a big proportion of Anzacs amongst the soldiers, comprising units from Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, and all parts of the Western front. After the disembarkation Major Jackson (S.O.I. and , R.S.), who met the troopship at Lytton, had quite a busy time answering the questions of a number of relatives as to the whereabouts or returned soldiers listed to return. In most cases they had arrived and disembarked all night, but had been missed by their relatives in the crowd. However, in a couple of instances the Major announced that the soldiers inquired for were amongst a "number put off for duty in Egypt." Major Jackson reported that the health of the troops had been excellent while in quarantine at Lytton. The ladies of the Red Cross Kitchen, as usual, served a substantial meal to the men on board the Beaver on the way up the river.