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Arthur Regan POWNALL

Regimental number5345
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Pownall, Wattle Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets (College).
Enlistment date16 June 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameConvalescent Depot, Harefield Park, London
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/84/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 22 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to Military Medal

'This N.C.O. at BELLICOURT on 29.9.1918. and night 29/30th. September, carried wounded continuously under heavy shell and machine gun for 36 hours. Throughout this period he showed an utter disregard for personal safety and set a splendid example to his fellow bearers. As a result of his skilfull leadership many wounded were evacuated with theleast possible delay under the most trying and adverse conditions.'

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Medal

'On the 2nd September in the neighbourhood of PERONNE this N.C.O. led and carried with his squad of Bearers for the whole day through a heavy machine gun and shell barrage, thus steadily evacuating cases to the Relay posts from the R.A.P. He also displayed splendid courage and leadership in organising and leading parties to bring wounded from PERONNE itself under heavy enemy shell fire. His conduct was a splendid example to the bearers under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Discharge date23 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Detached from Ambulance Details to Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 September 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 March 1917; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 5 March 1917.

Transferred to 5th Division Army Medical Corps, 23 March 1917; taken on strength, 8th Field Ambulance, 24 March 1917.

Transferred to 15th Field Ambulance, 25 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 May 1917 (gun shot wounds, legs), and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 9th General Hospital, 9 May 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 21 May 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, 30 May 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 12 June 1917; rejoined 15th Field Ambulance, 26 June 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac Corps Gas School, 25 December 1917; rejoined 15th Field Ambulance, 1 January 1918.

On leave to Paris, 1 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 9 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 17 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 7 March 1918.

Detached to 15th Brigade Infantry School, 21 September 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 29 September 1918.

Detached to 15th Brigade Infantry School, 10 October 1918; admitted to 15th Field Ambulance while on detachment, 24 October 1918 (accidental injury, left thigh, bayonet wound); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 25 October 1918; to England, 27 October 1918, and admitted to Bath War Hospital, 28 October 1918; discharged, 28 November 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 29 November 1918.

Found guilty, 31 January 1919, of being absent without leave, 2359, 26 January, to 2200, 29 January 1919: admonished, and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Marched out to Australian Army Medical Corps Depot, Fovant, 18 February 1919.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon' (nursing staff: masseur), 19 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 10 June 1919; discharged, Perth, 23 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POWNALL Arthur Regan

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