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Arthur Wilfred GOULD

Regimental number5017
Place of birthWarracknabeal Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressRainbow, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Walter Gould, Rainbow, Victoria
Enlistment date27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 25 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 27 May 1918

Military Medal (Altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 30 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT on the morning of 19th May, 1918. This N.C.O. during the operation acted as Company Lewis Gun N.C.O., and showed great skill and judgment in organising the Lewis Guns. During the advance the whole of one gun crew became casualties. GOULD himself took charge of the Gun, and with dash and coolness did great execution among the enemy by his hip-firing. On reaching the objective he pushed out Lewis guns to cover the consolidation. After passing through the second objective he captured from the enemy a Lewis Gun which they had been using against us. During the day his Lewis Gun work dispersed parties of the enemy who came into sight. His bravery throughout the engagement was a fine example to all the men of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7992 Bombardier Horace Walter GOULD, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 9 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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