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Arnold MARKEY

Regimental number1260
Place of birthHay, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHairdresser
AddressLeeton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Edward Markey, Leeton, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'(Pozieres) Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in evacuation work.'
Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 6 October 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POZIERES on 6th August, 1916, when Division had been relieved this man volunteered for duty of a most dangerous type, namely to clear away as far as possible all 2nd Australian Division wounded before complete relief of Division. He proceeded to front trenches, previously held by 19th Australian Infantry Battalion and then held by 48th Australian Infantry Battalion. One man was brought down on stretcher admidst a heavy barrage fire, and on the next carry from trenches, a shell burst, killing patient and two bearers (Pioneers). He was buried and next found himself at the Ambulance. His work to date has been of uniform excellence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915. Transferred to 6th Field Ambulance, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 18 May 1918 (gun shot wound, right hip); transferred to England and admitted to Central Military Hospital, Eastbourne, 24 May 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, 13 August 1919 (appendicitis; seriously ill).

Commenced return to Australia, 6 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne,24 November 1919; discharged, 17 March 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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