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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Arthur Henry JOLLEY

Born 1899 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [15]
Son of Robert Henry JOLLEY and Florence MCKENZIE [15]
He grew up as an only child, as his only sibling, an elder brother Edward Robert JOLLEY, had died in 1898 at the age of four months [15]
His father was sentenced to six months imprisonment for horse stealing in May 1899 but on being released never returned home [225]
     His mother sought and was granted a divorce in 1914 as she hadn't seen or heard from his father in 15 years [225: 15-Apr-1914]
In 1916 he was working as a Confectioner's Improver and was living with his mother at 72 Duke Street in West Perth [30]
After serving with the 87 Battery militia for six months he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 22 July 1916 [30]
     He gave his age as 18 years 6 months and as this was under 21 years he required the permission of his parents to enlist [30]
     His mother gave her permission and his father's couldn't be obtained as he was still missing or address unknown [30]
     He went to enlist as Arthur Henry JOLLEY but this was crossed out and changed to the name of his deceased elder brother [30]
     His mother wrote and signed a declaration saying he had been born as Edward Robert but raised and educated as Arthur Henry [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 136 pounds and had blue eyes, fair hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     After initial training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed on 16 October 1916 to the 5th Reinforcements of the 44th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916 [30]
     After further training in England he was transferred to the 1st Australian Army Medical Corps on 24 April 1917 [30]
     Private 2592 in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Australian Army Medical Corps in England during the First World War [30]
     He wasn't injured during the war but was hospitalised for mumps for three months in 1917 after which he resumed active duty [30]
     Returned to Australia on the H.T. Cap Verde and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 February 1920 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 31 March 1920 and received the British War Medal [30]
Farmer and Grazier in Yandanooka [44]
     In Yandanooka he continued using his deceased brother's name of Edward Robert JOLLEY but was known as Arthur [9] [44] [120]
     His farm was the 700 acre Lot 54 of the Yandanooka Estate [44] located eight miles north-east of Yandanooka [39: 25-Feb-1928]
     The land was described as York gum and jam tree country with good clay soil [39: 25-Feb-1928]
     Member of the Yandanooka Hall Building Committee in 1922 [86: 21-Nov-1922]
     Member of the Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 19-Jan-1923]
     Member of the Yandanooka Football Club in 1922 and 1924 - was Captain in 1924 [9: 1-Sep-1922, 4-Jul-1924]
     Member of the Arrino Football Club 1923 and 1925 [9: 6-Jul-1923, 24-Jul-1925]
     Married Edith Maude DEE of Arrino in Perth on 22 September 1924 [120: 1-Jan-1925]
     His wife gave birth to a son, Arthur George Harold, at Miss Harvey's Hospital in Perth on 5 January 1926 [39: 8-Jan-1926]
     In 1927 he was the owner of a Rugby car licensed with the Mingenew Road Board and containing number plate MI-74 [86: 8-Oct-1927]
     He was one of 133 who signed a petition in 1927 requesting the granting of a Publican's License for Yandanooka [39: 12-Jan-1927]
     The bush was cleared from 554 acres of his farm by 1927 and a further 130 acres were partly cleared [39: 25-Feb-1928]
     His farm had a 2,000 cubic-yard dam, 30-foot well, four-room weatherboard house, one-room weatherboard cottage and shed [39]
     During September 1927 he sold 243 sheep from his farm in Yandanooka through Elder Smith & Co Ltd [120: 22-Sep-1927]
     He forged the signature of a neighbour and secured £18 as his wife was at a maternity home in Perth and needed money [86]
     At the Quarter Sessions in Geraldton on 7 December 1927 he was sentenced to two months imprisonment for forgery [86: 8-Dec-1927]
     He'd lost or given up his farm by February of 1928 when it was advertised as available for selection [39: 25-Feb-1928]
His wife and two children shifted to live with his mother-in-law Mrs Ellen DEE in a house in the Arrino townsite [P2]
Under the name of Edward Robert JOLLEY he was fined 10/- for a miscellaneous traffic offence in Perth in March 1929 [225: 19-Mar-1929]
In April 1930 he was listed in newspapers as a missing person [81: 27-Apr-1930]
Resided in North Fremantle prior to enlisting in the Australian Army under the name of Arthur Henry JOLLEY on 5 January 1942 [16]
     Lance Corporal WX18478 in the Australian Army's 5th Australian Light Field Ambulance during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 5 July 1945 [16] and enrolled to vote using his real name of Arthur Henry JOLLEY [50]
From as early as 1949 until at least 1963 he was a Mechanic and lived on Burns Street in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle [50]
Resided at 20 Jackson Street in North Fremantle and was working as a Driver in 1968 [50]
In 1972 he was working as a Groundsman and was living at 13 South Street in the Perth suburb of South Fremantle [50]
Later resided at 67 Cleopatra Street in the Perth suburb of Palmyra [50]
Died 25 February 1977; ashes scattered to the winds at the Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Arthur Henry Jolley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 October 2020 from [sources]

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