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Arthur FODEN

Regimental number1716
Place of birthEngland
Place of birthMacclesfield, England
SchoolUnitarian
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A A Foden, 32 Stonefield Street, Milmow near Rochdale Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force, Rochdale, England.
Enlistment date31 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 December 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied of disease 31 March 1918
Place of death or woundingNorth France
Age at death25
Place of burialGezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
79
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 November 1915; taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 13 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 30 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Found guilty, in the field, 6 July 1916, of neglect of duty: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 10 August 1916 (shell shock), and admitted to 1st Anzac Rest Station (7th Field Ambulance); discharged to duty, 13 August 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 August 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 29 August 1916 (shell shock, abrasions left leg), admitted to Corps Collecting Station, and transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train, 30 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 31 August 1918. Transferred to England, 13 September 1916, and admitted to Kitchener's Hospital, Brighton, 14 September 1916. Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 October 1916; discharged on furlough, 16 October 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 31 October 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 3 February 1917, of being absent without leave from 2 pm, 24 January, to 7.15 pm, 1 February 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 17 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; rejoined 16th Bn, in the field, 30 April 1917.

On leave, 21 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 February 1918.

Admitted to 2/1 WH Field Ambulance, 30 March 1918; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 March 1918; died of uremic convulsions, 31 March 1918.

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

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