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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Mick" Arthur LATHAM

Born 16 September 1916 in Payne's Find, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Frank" Francis Arthur LATHAM and Mary OLIVER [265]
Following the separation of her parents shifted with his mother and siblings to Coorow in 1924 [265]
Won the 12-14 years Running Race at the Sports Day and Picnic held at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
He and James PRICE left Waddy Forest for Carnarvon in a Dodge runabout car on 20 October 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Kangaroo Shooter and Shearing Contractor in Coorow [19] [30: item 6506087]
Won the Throwing at Wicket at the Sports Meeting at Maley Park in Coorow on Boxing Day 26 December 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Married Elsie GALBRAITH in 1939 [66]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in Coorow on 28 January 1942, and was called up for service on 7 April 1942 [30: item 6506087]
     Initially gave his next of kin as his brother George LATHAM of Coorow, but it was later changed to his wife Elsie [30]
     Private W20476 in the Australian Army's 13th Training Battalion in Northam during the Second World War [30]
     He was declared an "Illegal Absentee" after leaving the 13th Training Battalion in Northam at 6:40 a.m. 7 May 1942 [30]
     Surrendered himself to the Australian Army's General Details Depot at 2 p.m. on 5 May 1944 and was detained [30]
     A District Court Martial in Claremont on 19 May 1944 sentenced him to 18 months detention over two charges [30]
     He was found guilty of absenting himself without leave and for losing his clothing and equipment valued at £5/13/1 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 4 July 1944 and permitted to work as a Shearer in Payne's Find [30]
Legislative Assembly Electoral Rolls list him as a Contractor in Coorow until 1947 [19]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Arthur Latham' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/arthur-latham [reference list]




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