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Arthur John ACTON

Regimental number6212
Date of birth12 July 1893
Place of birthPaddington, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address109 Hargrave Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Acton, 109 Hargraves Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 13 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

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
Date: 20 May 1920

Discharge date9 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: Private Percival Corben ACTON, Regimental No. 6211, 13th Battalion, returned to Australia 30 June 1918
Other details

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 death22 April 1948
Age at death54
Place of burialWoronora Crematorium, Sutherland, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ACTON Arthur John

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