In December 1915, Lt Col D. Fulton, C.O. 3rd L.H. Regt, sent a commendation for Award of Honours to Headquarters. It read:
The 1st L.H. Brigade had only been in the trenches of Gallipoli for a few weeks and all around the smell of death pervaded everything. It was bitterly cold at night and mud clung to everything. However, the troops carried on.
Soon after this assault on Quinn’s, the 1st L.H. Brigade were out of the trenches into General Reserve behind Section Headquarters in order to man the inner defences in case of alarm. Sgt. McArthur appeared to have stayed out of trouble as there is no record of him being sick or wounded. (Source: War Diaries of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment)