Arthur Gullidge (1909 – 1942) Salvationist musician and soldier
In 1940s Australian Arthur Gullidge was a prolific and acclaimed composer. He was also the leader of the Brunswick Salvation Army Band whose terrible fate in WW2 was only revealed after the war. A tragic and little told story of faith, music and heroism.
COMPASS: A Story of the Salvos
A tragic and little told story of faith, music and heroism. In 1940s Australia Arthur Gullidge was a prolific and acclaimed composer. He was also the leader of the Brunswick Salvation Army Band whose terrible fate in WW2 was only revealed after the war. This Compass special to screen in the lead up to Anzac Day is told by ABC Radio’s John Cleary, a leading religious commentator, a Salvo and himself a former Brunswick bandmaster.
Note : John Curtin, Australia’s war-time Prime Minister also had a connection with the Bruswick Salvation Army.
Videos (part 1 and 2) of the above Arthur Gullidge – ABC Compass program :
(above links no longer operative)
The music of Arthur Gullidge
From this webpage, you can download mp3 versions of Arthur Gullidge’s music
The 2/22nd military band was led by Bandmaster Arthur Gullidge who was the bandmaster at Brunswick and to this day is recognised internationally for his brilliance as composer and musician. The majority of the bandsmen perished when, as prisoners of war being transported to Japan, the ship ( Montevideo Maru ) they were travelling on was torpedoed by the US, who didn’t realise that it contained prisoners of war.
Arthur Gullidge, the son of a Broken Hill miner, became a Christian as a young boy and grew up with Jesus as his hero. He was an accomplished conductor and composer of band music who had his first work published at the age of 17. Arthur felt that he should play a part in Australia’s defence but decided that a noncombatant role, for a Christian, would be more appropriate. Arthur Gullidge and 25 other Salvationists from a number of citadels, ranging from Sydney to Hobart, marched en masse into the Royal Park Military Depot in Melbourne and enlisted as a group. At age 32, Arthur Gullidge, the band leader, was commissioned by the Army to write a collection of band music for use on ceremonial occasions, comprising mainly short, classical pieces, hymn tunes, national songs and a set of standard bugle calls that would remain in constant use by the military, right on into the present.
Source : http://www.jje.info/lostlives/people/gullidgewa.html
The missionary martyrs of the Montevideo Maru: http://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/the-missionary-martyrs-of-the-montevideo-maru/
The link between Prime Minster John Curtin and the Brunswick Salvation Army Citadel : http://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/hector-harrison/
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