Arthur Kingston Rosenthal – 1915

Arthur Kingston Rosenthal  served in the Australian 1st Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli where he was mortally wounded. He died on route to Alexandria on 29 May 1915.

He was one of three people who started the Manly Lifesavers in 1903. He was also Captain of the NSW Waratahs (Rugby Union team) in 1912 and was a beloved teacher at James Ruse Agricultural College.

Before enlisting  Arthur gained the bronze, silver and gold medals of the Humane Society (forerunner to the Lifesaving Society) for brave conduct. One of his feats was to dive off the top deck of a Manly ferry boat when it was at full steam midway between Sydney Heads in order to rescue a woman, who, it afterwards transpired, had chosen to commit suicide by jumping overboard.

(As with many others with German sounding names, the Rosenthal family changed its name to Rosebery in 1916.)


Information and photograph provided by Arthur’s Rosenthal’s great nephew, Richard Rosebery.