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Arthur William ORCHARD

Regimental number2493
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address4 Maitland Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary E Orchard, 4 Maitland Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date17 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 24 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Died of wounds 14 july 1917.
Recommendation date: 14 June 1917

FateDied of wounds 15 July 1917
Place of burialDickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 17), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'During operations before MESSINES on the 7th/8th June 1917, Bombardier ORCHARD was in charge of the Specialists with Forward Observation Officer for Group Headquarters, and set a fine example by his pluck and determination. he was for many hours under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: [2000] Lt Albert Arthur ORCHARD, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 18 July 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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