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Arthur Kent HOPKINS

Regimental number2488
Place of birthWilliamstown, Victoria
SchoolBox Hill College and State School, Box Hill, Victoria
Address'Ailsa', Malvern Road, East Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs E W Craig, 'Ailsa', Malvern Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Previous military service38th Field Company Army Engineers; Served in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date3 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 11 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Conspicuous gallantry under fire, enabling valuable services to be rendered. (East of Ypres).
Recommendation date: 10 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He won the Military Medal and General Birdwood wrote us concerning him that he showed the greatest decoration to duty and utter disregard of his own personal safety he enlisted in June, 1915 and was employed in the Railways as a draftsman." Details from Mother.
FateDied of wounds 22 April 1918
Age at death22.1
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialArnake British Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 28), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur adn Daisy HOPKINS, Malvern Road, East Malvern, Victoria. Native of Melbourne, Victoria

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was engaged on the construction of a strong point near MOLENAARSTHOEK. He assisted to make a reconnaissance of the site under intense artillery fire displaying great coolness. He also assisted a wounded officer in an exposed position under trying conditions. His continued indifference to personal danger was a splendid example of courage and inspired his party with confidence. His bearing throughout was most admirable and assisted greatly in the successful accomplishment of the work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsUncle: Ernest Kent 8 Cousins: Served at the war, one cousin (Sgt. Walter Downing) won the MM and one, Captain Stan Kent the MC and DSO.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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