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Arthur Thomas ORTON

Regimental number1774
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDairy farmer
AddressFerry Downs, Beenup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Orton, Ferry Downs, Beenup, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)


'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout whole of operations, rendering valuable services as gunner.' (East of Ypres).
Recommendation date: 17 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 4/10/17 at BROODSEINDE RIDGE, L/Cpl. ORTON after having been buried by a shell which killed one and wounded two of his gun crew refused to leave his gun and carried on. On the following day he was again buried under precisely the same circumstances, and badly shaken, but despite his officer's advice to the contrary, he persisted in remaining with his gun until relieved on 10/10/17.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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