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Arnold NEAL

Regimental number2735
Date of birth20 May 1891
Place of birthJoadja Creek, Mittagong, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSame as next of kin
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinBrother, James Percy Neal, High Range, Blakesley Street, Chatswood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1917
Discharge date23 March 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2737 Sapper Thomas Reginald NEAL, 7th Field Company Engineers, killed in action, 29 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 September 1916 (varicose veins), and transferred same day to 44th Casualty Clearing Station and then to Ambulance Train No 27; admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 15 September 1916 (varicocele). Transferred to England, 17 September 1916. Transferred to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 12 July 1916 (malaria).

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 8 November 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 November 1916.

Proceeeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 8 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound,right shoulder), admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 8, 5 October 1917, and admitted to 11th General Hospital, Camiers; transferred to England, 22 October 1917, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, 23 October 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 November 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 20 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 20 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 13 February 1918, for overland travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 23 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA B2455 fle 7994460

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