Donation of Medals to Museum from Gull Family05 August 2014
On Thursday 24 July the museum was attended by a large gathering of members of the extended family related to Arthur Wilfred (‘Pompey’) Gull, MC, for the donation of his medals to the museum.
Arthur Gull enlisted in 10th Light Horse Regiment, AIF, in January 1915 and saw service with the regiment at Gallipoli, including the famous charge at the Nek. In July 1916, along with other light horsemen, he transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. He saw action in the campaign in Gaza and by 1917 had been promoted to Lieutenant.
With the disbandment of the Camel Corps, Gull was transferred to 14th Light Horse Regiment and participated in the final push against the Turks in Palestine and the Great Ride to Damascus. During the final push to Damascus in September 1918, the 14th L.H. was at the head of this historic charge and was the first regiment to enter Damascus through the gardens. It was here with a small Troop sent ahead by the commander that Arthur (‘Pompey’) Gull was awarded the MC for taking a Turkish machine gun post.
Gull remained to assist with quelling the Egyptian Uprising joining other members of the 10th and 14th L.H. detailed to continue with patrols until evacuated home in July 1919. In 1920 he returned to his home town of Broome, WA, and to his work in the pearling industry.
During the years between the two wars he had a varied career in mining and farming after leaving the declining pearling industry. Following the outbreak of World War Two he enlisted in the Army once more in October 1940, to serve on the home front with 10th Garrison Battalion as a commissioned officer stationed on Rottnest Island. He was discharged in March 1943.
The medals presented to the museum represent his service in both wars.
(Photographs taken and provided by Mr David Nicholson)