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Arnold David WATSON

Regimental number7085
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm hand
AddressJennapulin near Northam, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Watson, Jennapulin near Northam, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollNIG
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919

Military Medal

'This man is brought to notice for conspicuous gallantry and initiative shown by him during an attack made by us near HEBUTERNE on 1st April 1918. During the construction of a bombing block in the sunken road near the cemetery, the fire from a Machine Gun from a distance of about one hundred yards was causing casualties, and rendering the construction of the block almost impossible. Accompanied by No. 44a Private F. DEAN, and on his own initiative, he worked his way across "No man's Land", attacked the Gun crew; killed two Germans, and returned with Three Prisoners and the Machine Gun. For this very fine performance he is very strongly recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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