The Royal Australian Navy was officially established in 1911, and its new ships arrived in 1913, generating much excitement nationally. In 1912 advertisements appeared in Tasmanian newspapers calling for ‘smart active boys’ and young men to serve.
One who answered the call was Arthur Garwood who joined in January 1913 at the age of 20.
Arthur saw service in the war, but the public record is sketchy. He was serving on the cruiser HMAS Pioneer at the outbreak of the war when it captured two German steamers off the Western Australian coast.
Except for a brief period after the war, Albert remained in the Navy until 1950, having worked in recruitment and training during World War II.
Arthur and his wife, Emily Mabel, lived in Melbourne, and owned land at Healesville. They continued to visit family in Ross. Arthur died in 1974.
Arthur’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.