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Robert William ARNOLD

Regimental number6702
Place of birthKiama, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBread carter
Address102 Baptist Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinFather
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (4 years); excempt from Militia on account of chest measurement
Enlistment date9 September 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Stephen and Violet Isabel ARNOLD. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date26 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 8 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 11 February 1917 (influenza); discharged, 17 March 1917, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Durrington, the same day.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 16 April 1917 (bronchitis); discharged, 27 April 1917, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Durrington, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 June 1917.

Taken on strength of 2nd Bn, 7 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1917; admitted to No 6 Field Ambulance, 20 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, left leg); transferred to No 3 Canadian Clearing Station, 20 September 1917; to No 18 Ambulance Train, 20 September 1917; to No 55 General Hospital, Boulogne, 21 September 1917; to England, 24 September 1917; to Shorncliffe Military Hospital, 24 September 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 24 October 1917; discharged to furlough, 26 October 1917, and to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 9 November 1917.

Posted as absent without leave, 9 November 1917.

Found guilty, 13 November 1917, of being absent without leave from 1530 hours, 9 November 1917, until 1530 hours, 10 November 1917: award, admonished, and forfeits 2 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Classified B1A3, 13 November 1917.

Classified B1A4, 26 November 1917.

Marched out of No 3 Command Depot, 26 November 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 4 December 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 12 December 1917.

Marched out of Overseas Training Depot, 20 December 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 21 December 1917 (Class B2A).

Attached for duty at Australian Imperial Force Depots in United Kingdom, Tidworth, 27 December 1917.

Ceased to be attached to Australian Imperial Force Depots in the United Kingdom, Tidworth, 8 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919; discharged Sydney (medically unfit: disordered action of the heart), 26 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 June 1932
Age at death35
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARNOLD Robert William

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