|Place of birth||Doncaster, Victoria|
|Address||c/o Blood Bros, Ringwood, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Father, John Townsend, 92 Barkly Street, Carlton, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served in the Senior Cadets, Area 48B, 1912; lived in exempt area under the Compulsory Military Training scheme, 1914-15.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||58th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/75/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||58th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; marched in to 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 21 November 1916.
Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 13 December 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged from hospital, 21 December 1916 (influenza).
Found guilty, Hurdcott, 5 May 1917, of absenting himself from Fire Piquet: forfeited 4 days' pay.
Found guilty, 21 May 1917, of neglecting to obey order re 'out of bounds': forfeited 2 days' pay.
Admitted to Fovant Hospital, 11 July 1917; discharge date not recorded.
Proceeded overseas to France, 29 August 1917; taken on strength, 58th Bn, in the field, 8 September 1917.
Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 September 1917 (not yet diagnosed), and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to 15th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1917 (casualty now classified as 'wounded in action: shell shock'); to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 29 September 1917; to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 6 November 1917; to 5th Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 19 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 January 1918.
Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 15 January 1918 (bronchitis), and transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station; rejoined Bn, 24 January 1918.
Wounded in action (second occasion), 28 April 1918 (gun shot wound, right shoulder), admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 37, 28 April 1918, and admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 30 April 1918; transferred to 74th General Hospital, Trouville, 1 May 1918; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Havre, 10 May 1918; to Base Depot, 1 June 1918; rejoined Bn, 10 June 1918.
Wounded in action (third occasion), 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, right forearm, left shoulder), admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 July 1918; to England, 8 July 1918, and admitted to Military Hospital, Boscombe (affiliated with Alexandra Hospital, Cosham), 9 July 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 27 July 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 30 July 1918.
Found guilty, Hurdcott, 12 august 1918, of neglect ing to obey Routine Order No 719 re Bounds: forfeited 2 days' pay.
Found guilty, Hurdcott, 27 august 1918, of neglect ing to obey Routine Order No 719 re Bounds: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 September 1918.
Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 9 October 1918.
Found guilty, 10 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 1500, 8 October, till 1400, 9 October 1918: awarded 1 day's confined to camp and forfeiture of 1 day's pay.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 2 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 15 February 1919; discharged (medically unfit: wounded), Melbourne, 25 March 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, TOWNSEND Arthur Gould|