Palliser, Lieutenant Arthur John

No 4 Sqn AFC

Arthur Palliser was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 4 March 1890. He was a Motor Mechanic when he enlisted in the Divisional Supply Column, Australian Army Service Corps, at Albert Park, Melbourne, on 18 September 1914. He left Melbourne on HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December. He served with the DSC, including more than two years in France, until January 1918, when he transferred to the AFC for pilot training. After qualifying as a pilot, he was commissioned in June and posted to No 4 Sqn in August; he was promoted to Lieutenant in September.

Lt Palliser was credited with seven victories. The first two when he was flying Sopwith Camels:

He was flying Camel E7187 on 16 September when he claimed a Fokker D.VII near Fremlinghem;

On 5 October, while flying Camel E7180, he was credited with a Kite Balloon that was about to ascend near Quesnoy.

He was flying Snipe E8064 when he was credited with two Fokker D.VIIs near Ath on 28 October, and with a further three D.VIIs north east of Tournai on 29 October.

He was killed in action on 4 November 1918 while flying Sopwith Snipe E8064. His Flight was in combat with 12 Fokkers from Jasta Boelcke, and he was last seen east of Buisseral at 13.15.

Lt A J Palliser is buried a little north of the west end of the Church at Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, Belgium.

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