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Eric Charles ARKELL

Regimental number340
Place of birthRocksdale, Sydney, New South Wales
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolCook's Hill Public School, Newcastle, New South Wales
Other trainingClerk
ReligionChurch of England
Address13 Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, William S Arkell, 13 Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceHe was rejected as a trainee, as he was blind in one eye.
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner ,Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 341 Lance Sergeant Max Kenneth Dick ARKELL, 30th Bn, died of wounds, 28 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Transferred to B Company, 30th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 1 January 1916.

Found guilty, 7 March 1916, of neglect of duty: awarded 1 hour Punishment Drill.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 20 May 1916, of conduct prejudice of good order and military discipline, on 1 May 1916: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced previously reported missing, now killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARKELL Eric Charles
Red Cross file 120901

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