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Thomas Francis ARNOLD

Regimental number4610
Date of birth--/06/1897
Place of birthMurat Bay, South Australia
SchoolNorwood Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMurat Bay, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W B Arnold, Murat Bay, South Australia
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF48
Promotion date: 21 June 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF48
Promotion date: 12 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 May 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 14 June 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: "9 April and 7 May 1918"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went out with a bombing patrol and captured two enemy strong points containing two guns. Later in the day he went forward with a patrol and made a successful reconnaissance, during which he captured one of the enemy and gained useful information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When, during an attack, the left company was hung up by wire, he went forward through a muderous machine gun fire, found the position of the right company, and communicated it to the left. He then went to battalion headquarters with full dispositions, and returned with fresh orders through intense machine gun fire. His work throughout the attack was magnificent, and a model of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on 10th and 11th April 1917 for good work and devotion to duty. This man went forward on the night of 10th April, advanced through enemy wire and returned with valuable information. When the attack took place on the 11th instant he acted as a guide to the advancing troops. He lived practically all day between the enemy trench and railway line, going through enemy barrage time and again to carry messages and bring information, this was done in full view of the enemy snipers and machine guns at BULLECOURT.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of birth in 'War Families (SA)' given as 5 May 1897.

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