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William Charles John ARNOTT

Regimental number6843
OccupationMarket gardener
AddressDandenong Road, Clayton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, W J Arnott, Dandenong Road, Clayton, Victoria
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work on 19 and 20 October 1917 near Zonnebeke.
Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the night 19th/20th October, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE, after delivering a set of springs to his battery under hevy fire, on returning, driver ARNOTT met a party of the D.A.C. loaded with ammunition for his battery. Knowing that this party would have great difficulty, in the darkness, in reaching the battery, he voluntarily turned back and conducted them to his battery under heavy fire. This gallant and timely service not only ensured the delivery of urgently required ammunition but set a splendid example of devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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