Arthur Norman BIRKS

Regimental number807
Place of birthWoodville, South Australia
AddressVictoria Parade, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 2"
Weight105 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Napier Birks, Victoria Parade, Claremont, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 November 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name44th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.
Recommendation date: 30 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Discharge date16 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 July 1916.

Proceeded to Officers' School, 12 August 1916; marched into 44th Bn from Officers' School, 21 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 23 June 1917.

Detached as Brigade Gas Officer, 20 July 1917.

Detached as 3rd Australian Division Gas Officer, 3 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 December 1917.

Detached for duty with 11th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 23 December 1917.

On leave to England, 16 February 1918; rejoined 11th Brigade Headquarters from leave, 6 March 1918.

Seconded to 11th Brigade Headquarters for duty as Gas Officer, 26 March 1918.

On leave in France, 25 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 4 October 1918.

Detached to 11th Brigade Headquarters as Education Officer, 25 November 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIRKS Arthur Norman