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Regimental number3289
Place of birthBrunswick, Victoria
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 3"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Claude Arnall, Oxley PO, Oxley, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 30 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3281
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Christina ARNALL; Wife: Ruby ARNALL. Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'For dash and enterprise, coolness and bravery as a patrol leader during operations at GUEUDECOURT between 9th/17th February, 1917. This man volunteered for all patrols nightly gaining very valuable information of the enemy's position and in addition made a daylight reconnaissance of enemy wire in company with two others, staying under their wire 400 yards from our trench all day. His reports were excellent and his sangfroid a great stimulus to all other scouts and soldiers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Discharge date2 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 9 Mach 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 9 August 1916; admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 9 August 1916 (shrapnel wound, face); transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 9 August 1916; discharged, 10 August 1916; rejoined unit, 11 August 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 20 February 1917.

Admitted to No 12 Australian Field Ambulance, 22 February 1917 (abrasion to foot); transferred to No 3 Australian Field Ambulance, 22 February 1917; to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 1 March 1917; to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 8 March 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 22 March 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, 13 April 1917.

Discharged from No 2 Convalescent Depot, 16 April 1917 (Class 'A'); marched into 55th Infantry Depot, Rouen, 17 April 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 18 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 24 April 1917; rejoined 47th Bn, 25 April 1917.

Wouned in action, 7 June 1917 (second occasion); admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 June 1917 (gunshot wound, buttock); transferred to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 9 June 1917; to England, 8 July 1917; to No 1 London General Hospital, 9 July 1917 (gunshot wound, groin); to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konowna', 16 December 1917; disembarked Sydney, 17 February 1918; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit: gunshot wound, perindeum urinary fistula), 2 May 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death24 December 1940
Age at death45
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ARNALL Donald

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