|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Paddington, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||109 Hargrave Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs M A Acton, 109 Hargraves Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||13th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/30/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||13th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Distinguished Conduct Medal
|Fate||Returned to Australia
Distinguished Conduct Medal
'In the operations of August and September, 1918, his work as a section and patrol leader was of the greatest value. Near Lihons from 20-23 August, he repeatedly led patrols deep into enemy territory, and invariably brought back reliable and valuable information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
|Family/military connections||Brother: Private Percival Corben ACTON, Regimental No. 6211, 13th Battalion, returned to Australia 30 June 1918|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 9 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 26 October 1916.
Marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford, 17 November 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; joined 13th Bn, in the field, 2 January 1917.
Wounded in action, 11 April 1917 (gun shot wounds, buttock), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 General Hospital, Ettretat, 13 April 1917; to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, 18 April 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 5 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 May 1917.
On leave, 19 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 30 September 1917.Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 October 1917.
Found guilty, 29 October 1917, of when on Active Service, drunkenness: deprived of Lance rank.
Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 May 1918 (jaundice), and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 15, 8 August 1918, and admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 9 May 1918; transferred to England, 19 May 1918, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, 20 May 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 14 June 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 June 1918.
Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge-Deverill, 18 July 1918.
Proceeded overseas to France, 15 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 August 1918.
Appointed Temporary Corporal, 19 August 1918.
Admitted to 141st Field Ambulance, 19 September 1918 (impetigo); discharged to unit, 20 September 1918.
Promoted Sergeant, 22 October 1918.
Marched out to England for early repatriation, 21 March 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 10 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 9 July 1919.Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death|
|Age at death||54|
|Place of burial||Woronora Crematorium, Sutherland, New South Wales|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ACTON Arthur John|