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Arthur Stanley TOFT

Regimental number2726
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
AddressWalla Street, Bundaberg, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.25"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Toft, Walla Street, Bundaberg, Queensland
Enlistment date22 June 1916
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'During the operations East of Hamel on 8th August 1918, this soldier a member of a mopping up party in Caroline Wood, whilst clearing several dugouts he was fired on from one of them. At great risk he rushed this dugout, killed two of the occupants, and took the remaining six prisoners. This soldier has always done good work and his courage and coolness are remarkable.'
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date19 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: [505] Captain Percy John Gilbert TOFT MC & Bar, MM, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919; [1649] 2nd Lt Cecil George TOFT, 25th Bn, killed in action, 4 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 27 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford.

Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 2 February 1917 (pleurisy); discharged to Depot, 24 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 March 1917; taken on strength, 47th Bn, in the field, 7 April 1917.

Admitted to 56th Casualty Clearing Clearing Station, 1 May 1917 (pleurisy); transferred to Ambulance Train, 6 May 1917, and admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 7 May 1917; discharged to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 14 May 1917; transferred to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, England, 26 May 1917; to No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 9 July 1917; to Overseas Training Brigade (date not recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 August 1917; rejoined 47th Bn, in the field, Belgium, 30 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 12 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 27 to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 October 1917; to England, 18 October 1917, and admitted same day to Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom (machine gun bullet wound: severe); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 December 1917; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 December 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 13 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 May 1918; rejoined 47th Bn, in the field, 11 May 1918.

Transferred to 45th Bn, and taken on strength, in the field, 25 May 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 18 September 1918 (gun shot wound, left thigh), and admitted to 141st Field Ambulance, and transferred to 48th Casualty Clearing Station; to 16th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 September 1918; to England, 20 September 1918, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 21 September 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 12 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 14 November 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 18 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 February 1919, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged (wounded), Brisbane, 19 March 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOFT Arthur Stanley

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