Arthur Sullivan VC
(1896-1937)

Died aged 40

Arthur Percy Sullivan VC (27 November 1896 – 9 April 1937) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to a member of the British Armed Forces. Born in South Australia, Sullivan worked for the National Bank of Australasia prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in April 1918 for service in World War I. He had arrived in the United Kingdom, but had not completed training when the Armistice came into effect on 11 November of that year. Sullivan was promoted to corporal in March 1919, but, wanting to see active service, sought his discharge from the AIF on 28 May. On the same day he enlisted in the British Army for service with the North Russia Relief Force, part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. Sullivan was deployed to North Russia with the relief force. Following a successful attack, he was a member of the rearguard of a column withdrawing across the . As his platoon crossed the river on a crude one-plank bridge, it came under intense fire from Bolshevik troops, and four members fell into the river. Sullivan immediately jumped in and rescued them all, one by one, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. Demobilised from the British Army after completing his service, Sullivan returned to Australia and resumed his civilian career as a banker. He was in London for the coronation of King George VI as part of the Australian Coronation Contingent in 1937 when he died of head injuries received in a fall. His medal set is displayed in the Hall of Valour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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To the glory of God and in ever living memory of Arthur P. Sullivan VC who was accidentally killed on April 9th 1937 whilst serving as a representative of his country at the coronation of H. M. King George VI.

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