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Arthur ARMSDEN

Regimental number1114
Place of birthMildura, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPalm Avenue, Mildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, H W Armsden, Mildura,Vic
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 21 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and initiative in the attack near BEAUREVOIR, east of PERONNE, on 4th October, 1918. In the preliminary stages of the advance the platoon sustained heavy casualties, and was unable to reach its final objective. This N.C.O. there upon rallied his men and pushed forward in front to reconnoitre. He returned signalling to them to "come on" and charged at their head, using his rifle with telling effect on the retreating enemy. At the head of mopping-up detachments he cleared up the whole situation, killing and capturing a number of the enemy. Whilst consolidation was in progress, Sergeant ARMSDEN walked up and down over exposed ground encouraging the men, and energetically working himself. This N.C.O. during the first stage of the attack saved what might have become a critical situation on the flank.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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