(Arthur) Rupert Marriott’s family spent many years in Tumut NSW and local researchers have found his name listed on the previously unknown Tumut Public School memorial board.
What also has been found is a testimonial in the local newspaper (Tumut Express):
A FALLEN HERO.
“Gunner A. Rupert Marriott, son of Mr Frank Marriott, of Bondi and formerly a resident of Tumut for many years, has been killed in action in France. He was 27 years of age, and belonged to the 8th Brigade, Light Trench Mortar Battery, having enlisted on March 14, 1916, prior to which he was in the employ of the Australian Gaslight Company.
He fell on May 2. He was through the big pushes at Pozieres, Bapaume and on the Somme all the winter and just prior to being killed was mentioned in despatches for rescuing two of his mates in No-man’s Land under very heavy fire. Rupert was just entering into manhood when he left Tumut, and was at one time on the Express staff.
He was a stalwart, robust young man, and a true stamp of soldier. How many of such have made the supreme sacrifice for freedom and liberty?”
At this stage there is no verification that he was formally Mentioned in Dispatches as mentioned in the article. Rupert was killed at Bullecourt in May 1917 after surviving the major battles at Fromelles and Pozieres. His biographical details are available here.
The centenary of the AGL Bullecourt casualties will be especially commemorated at our 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service.