Thomas Francis ARNOLD MC DCM MM

ARNOLD, Thomas Francis

Service Numbers: 4610, Q208054
Enlisted: 7 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th (Bundaberg) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Born: Watraba, South Australia, 5 May 1897
Home Town: Murat Bay , South Australia
Schooling: Norwood Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Progressive Muscular Atrophy, Yeppoon, Queensland, 14 November 1960, aged 63 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: CedunaHB1*
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4610, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4610, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4610, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
30 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 48th Infantry Battalion
11 May 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Bullecourt (First)
6 Jul 1917: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Messines
25 May 1918: Honoured Military Cross, Villers-Bretonneux
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, SN 4610, 48th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

14 May 1942: Enlisted Monto, QLD
15 May 1942: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q208054, 10th (Bundaberg) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
22 Oct 1945: Discharged

Awarded 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 murderous 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 with fresh orders through intense machine-gun fire. His work throughout the attack was magnificent, and a model of devotion to duty.'

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went out with a Bombing Patrol and captured two enemy strong posts containing two guns. Later in the day he went forward with a Patrol and made successful reconnaisance during which he captured one of the enemy and gained useful information.'

Awarded Military Medal

'At Bullecourt on 10-11 April 1917 for good work and devotion to duty. This man went forward on the night of the 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.'

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Son of William Berrey ARNOLD and Alice Lydia nee PAINE