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Arthur Charles TRIFFITT

Regimental number2683
Date of birth12 August 1892
Place of birthBagdad, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDay Dawn, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Agnes Evans, Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 September 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, a heavy bombardment was put on our position. TRIFFITT and two others were wounded. Unmindful of his own injuries he at once rendered first aid to the others exposing himself to Machine Gun fire in so doing. Realising that the Company casualties were heavy he insisted on remaining at duty, thereby setting a very fine example at a critical time. Afterwards, Private TRIFFITT remained on the parapet under heavy machine gun fire sniping and observing, inflicting casualties and sending back information which was of great value to his Company Commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date15 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched in to 11th Training Bn, Durrington.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; taken on strength, 44th Bn, in the field, 19 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 June 1918 (shrapnel wound, chin), and admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, and then transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 21 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 June 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 21 August 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 8 September 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 29 September 1918; remained at duty.

Awarded Military Medal.

On leave to Paris, 19 March 1919; rejoined Bn from leave, 30 March 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 23 April 1919; marched in to No 3 Group, Codford, 29 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 1 July 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 10 August 1919; discharged, Perth, 15 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, Cue, Western Australia, 2 July 1942; served as W83792 Private, 16th Bn, Volunteer Defence Corps; date of discharge not recorded.
Miscellaneous detailsSurname recorded incorrectly on Embarkation as TRIFFETT.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TRIFFITT Arthur Charles

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