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William ARNOLD

Regimental number1905
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
Address239 Langston Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.375"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Arnold, 239 Langston Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1915
Place of enlistmentSwan Hill, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 5th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to and taken on strength of 60th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 13 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 2130, 27 February, to 0600, 2 March 1916: awarded 56 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 5 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 140202: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARNOLD William
Red Cross File No 140202

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