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Kenneth ARNOLD

Regimental number1309A
Place of birthTamworth, Warwickshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressOwens Creek, Garget, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, S Arnold, Owens Creek, Garget, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations on 23rd/24th June, 1918 South West of METEREN this man went forward as a mopper up to the 2nd objective. On working along the trench he came on a party of four enemy, who refused to surrender. He engaged them killing one and dispersing the others. When the trench was cleared he acted as Company Runner and displayed great energy and courage and set a good example to all.'

Discharge date23 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915; joined 2nd Bn at Gallipoli, 15 May 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance Dressing Station, 31 August 1915 (dysentery), and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station. Transferred to Mudros, 31 August 1915; admitted to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, Imbros, 31 August 1915; transferred to Base, 2 September 1915; to England, 5 September 1915, and admitted to County of London War Hospital, Epsom, 18 September 1915. Reported to AIF Depot, Weymouth, 7 January 1916.

Found guilty, 26 February 1916, of at Bournemouth on 29 January 1916, (1) being slovenly dressed; (2) failing to salute an officer; (3) insubordination to a superior officer: awarded 168 hours' detention.

Departed Weymouth for Egypt, 25 March 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 5 April 1916.

[No details of movement from Egypt to France recorded on Form B103.]

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 22 July 1916; discharged, 8 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 18 days.

Found guilty, 16 August 1916, of, at Perham Downs, (1) being absent without leave from 2400, 6 July, to 0800, 21 July 1916; (2) disobeying Routine Order 15 of 22/6/16 para 102, by travelling on railway without a ticket, 17 July 1916: awarded 17 days' detention and cost of ticket (4/6); forfeited a total of 32 days' pay.

Found guilty, 16 August 1916, of being absent without leave, Perham Downs, from 12 pm, 8 August, to 9 pm, 10 August 1916: admonished, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; joined 2nd Bn, in the field, Belgium, 29 September 1916.

Found guilty, 21 November 1916, of disobedience of orders in that he was absent from billet without leave from 2030, 18 November, to 1545, 19 November 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 29 November 1916, of (1) disobedience of orders in that he whilst undergoing Field Punishment No 2 was absent from 2100, 26 November, to 1630, 27 November 1916; (2) not complying with an order: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Found guilty, 11 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 0600, 27 August, to 1700, 8 September 1916: awarded 14 days' detention, and forfeiture of a total of 27 days' pay.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance (Divisional Rest Station), 27 May 1917 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 May 1917; to Ambulance Train No 29, 30 May 1917, and admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 5 June 1917; discharged, 21 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 56 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 27 July 1917; discharged to duty, 27 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 32 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 9 September 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 11 September 1917; discharged, 23 September 1917; total periodof treatment for venereal disease: 15 days. Rejoined unit, in the field, 6 October 1917

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 February 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 8 March 1918; found guilty of when on Active Service absenting himself without leave in that he at Meteren absented himself without leave from midnight, 17 February 1918, until reporting back on the 22nd February 1918 at 8 am: awarded 60 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 69 days' pay.

Rejoined unit, in the field, from detention, 2 April 1918.

Admitted to 4th Army Rest Camp, 13 August 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 August 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 31 August 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 31 August 1918; to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1918; to Ambulance Train No 11, 3 September 1918, and admitted to 7th General Hospital, Wimereux, 4 September 1918; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 11 September 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 10 November 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 72 days. Rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 November 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 6 December 1918. Granted leave withoutpay, 19 December 1918 to 2 January 1919.

Marched out to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 3 January 1919; to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Delta', 24 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 7 March 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; arrived Sydney, 22 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 23 May 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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