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Walter William ARBERY

Regimental number2206
Place of birthSouthend England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressBrookton PO, Brookton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rhoda Arbery, 4 Pall Mall, Leigh on Sea Essex, England
Enlistment date27 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'From 5th to 12th June 1917 near MESSINES these N.C.O.s and men [6704 W. BERRY, 4315 F. McKENZIE, 4838 J.J. O'BRIEN, 8460 F.E. NELSON, 6317 P.S. CHARLWOOD, 2085 A.W. SIMMONS, 2206 W.W. ARBERY, 3250 K.C. BASSETT, 3800 J.F. GRABHAM] were employed with the Divisional Pack Transport Troop which was used nightly in taking up supplies, water and ammunition to the various Battalion Headquarters. The various convoys came nightly under heavy shell and machine gun fire and their work was carried out in the dark and under trying conditions. In some cases the supplies were taken up to within a few hundred yards from Front Line. These N.C.O.s and men have been selected in order of merit out of the [no. indecipherable] N.C.O.. and men employed as having set an example of coolness under fire and determination in carrying out their duties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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