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Arthur George NEWLAND

Regimental number2217
Place of birthParramatta New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
AddressGalson, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr William Mark Newland, Galston, Parramatta, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'While acting as Company runner during the operations near MORLANCOURT, South West of ALBERT on night 28/29th July 1918, this man displayed great bravery and devotion to duty. Several times during the operation and particularly the night after the attack this man made several journeys with important messages through a heavy enemy barrage. Later while acting as guide to the relieving Battalion he was wounded in the head, but refused to go to the dressing station until he had guided them to their destination. Private NEWLAND'S gallant conduct by remaining on duty undoubtedly saved many lives as the relieving Battalion would have had to wait in a badly shelled area while another guide was ordered.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the operations near Bellicourt, between 30 September and 2 October, 1918, he displayed marked courage and devotion to duty. Early in the advance, some of the enemy were retiring past a 77 m.m. gun when one of them swung round and picked up a shell to load and fire it at the advancing troops, who were then only about 50 yards distant. Seeing this, he charged ahead of his company and killed the man, thus saving heavy casualties. Later on he rushed and killed a sniper who was aiming at his company commander at point blank range. Throughout the ensuing two days he worked unceasingly in his capacity as runner, carrying numerous messages under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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