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Reuben ARNOLD

Regimental number5310
Place of birthBrighton, Victoria
SchoolState Schools, Victoria and Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Robert Arnold, 248 Lake Street, Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Westhoek on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 24 September 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a good distance runner, good axeman won several competitions. He was also a good football player and a good swimmer.
FateDied of wounds 1 November 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death31
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXI, Row FF, Grave No. 8A), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
112
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. At the attack on WESTHOEK RIDGE on 20th September 1917, on learning that his Company was too far to the left, he worked most energetically to get the men back and gave great help to his officers. When some of the men went into our own barrage, he moved forward at great personal risk and got them back. He showed fine judgement in consolidating, and set a splendid example until he was wounded late in the afternoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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