Arthur Edward Connop
Arthur Edward Connop, Enlistment No. 522 at Claremont; Private in the 44th Battalion. Enlisted 24th January 1916. He was born in South Yarra, Victoria on 4th October 1889 to parents Charles Edward Connop and Rebecca Barthorp. His occupation was given as Carpenter. He embarked from Fremantle on HMAT “Suevic” on the 6th June 1916. Arthur arrived in Plymouth, England on the 21st July 1916 to undergo training, he then proceeded to France on the 25th November 1916. Over the winter of 1917 Arthur was admitted to hospital on three separate occasions but the reasons aren’t listed in his records. From late March to early June 1917 Arthur served with his Battalion and on the 9th June at Messines he was wounded in action by being gassed. He returned to his Battalion on the 20th August only to be gassed a second time at Passchendaele on the 17th October. He was returned to England and admitted to Aldershot with slight mustard gas poisoning. When Arthur recovered he was detached from his unit to the Infantry Base Depot then transferred to the 29th Army Service Corp and remained in England until he was returned to Australia on the 5th February 1919 on the “Ulysses”. While at sea Arthur contracted Influenza on his return home. He was discharged on the 5th May 1919.
Arthur returned to his Carpentry and in 1924 in Perth married Alice Lydia Brodsky. The couple had three sons and in 1930 moved to a small property (Glen Doone) at Darlington in the Hills out of Perth where Arthur supported his family by doing some carpentry work and mixed farming. He suffered from deafness due to the war which meant he couldn’t compete as well for the carpentry work but was able to earn a small income from the land to support his family. In 1938 the family moved to Victoria Park where Arthur and Alice remained until their deaths. Alice died in 1958 and Arthur in 1966, both were cremated and their ashes scattered at Karrakatta Cemetery.
Arthur and Alice on their wedding day 1924
Alice with the three sons in Perth
Courtesy Lyn Myles and Ray Connop (photo courtesy Ray Connop)