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Arthur Ernest DILLON

Regimental number83
Place of birthSouthwark, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressPort Road, Southwark, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Dillon, Port Road, Southwark, South Australia
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (altered to Meritorious Service Medal)


Recommendation date: 2 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'On the 19th October, 1917, east of WESTHOEK, Lance Corporal DILLON was with a party building a plank road to a Battery position which was continually subjected to heavy shell fire. Lance Corporal DILLLON showed great courage and devotion to duty by doing all the most forward and dangerous work himself, although on 2 occasions the whole party had to retire from the position altogether. His splendid example was undoubtedly instrumental in carrying the work through. Again, on the 2nd December, 1917, east of WYTSCHAETE, Lance Corporal DILLON displayed great courage and tact in handling his Section which was subjected to a sudden burst of heavy shell fire. Lance Corporal DILLON has shown a most cheerful demeanour throughout under the most trying conditions and his fine example has stood out on many occasions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Date of death10 January 1948

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