Donald (Don) ARNALL MM

ARNALL, Donald

Service Number: 3289
Enlisted: 31 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brunswick, Victoria, October 1895
Home Town: Oxley, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Potter
Died: Natural causes, Caulfield, Victoria, 24 December 1940
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
Garden of Remembrance, Plot No.172752
Memorials: Corinda Sherwood Shire Roll of Honor, West Brunswick State School
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World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3289, Brisbane, Queensland
30 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, 3289, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
30 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, 3289, 25th Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3289, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell wound (face)
17 Feb 1917: Honoured Military Medal, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, 'For dash and enterprise, coolness and bravery as a patrol leader during operations.'
20 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 47th Infantry Battalion
7 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3289, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines, GSW (left buttock and groin)
2 May 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3289, 47th Infantry Battalion, Medically unfit

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor


On Friday last, at the Darra works, (writes a correspondent) an interesting gathering took place during the dinner hour, when the workmen made a presentation to six of the employees who are leaving to join the expeditionary forces. Mr. P. Roach, in making the presentation, on behalf of the other workers, called three cheers for the six comrades, and paid a high tribute to their character and qualifications as work-men -- characteristics which he hoped would be continued to be displayed throughout their service in the forces.

He asked Mr. C. Arnall to accept a safety razor and a handsome pocket book, as a token of esteem from his workmates. Mr. Arnall suitably responded. He said he regarded it as his duty to go, and hoped that six others would soon follow. Mr. D. Arnall, a brother, was next asked to accept a safety razor and smoking outfit, and also responded in suitable terms. Mr. E. Lockhart received a similar present, and expressed his grateful acknowledgments.

The other three were absent, being already in camp, so Mr. W. Steele, late of Bundamba (father of Mr. R. Steele), was called upon to accept a token of esteem, on behalf of his son, and feelingly responded. The other two were Mr. Bert Langman, an old soldier, who had been in several campaigns, and Mr. Siwezynski, a Polish comrade. They were absent, but arrangements were made for them to get the gifts in camp, if they cannot get to the works.

The volunteers were warmly cheered. All were then called on to sing the National Anthem, and as one saw the dust-begrimed men all sound, some sitting on newly-made sewerage pipes, and others on logs, it made an impression on one's memory not soon to be forgotten, as they sang "God Save the King." from Queensland Times 23 Aug 1915 (

'Letter of Thanks.

Master J. Burns, of Gill Street, has received a letter from Pte, D. Arnall, on active service, stating that on opening a new box of books, he was lucky enough to get Master Burn's book, "Phases of Faith," with the address inside. "It was a real good book," said Pte. Arnall, "and I must thank you for it.' from The Northern Miner 7 Apr 1916 (



No. 3289, Lance-corporal Donald Arnall, 47th Infantry Battalion.— He enlisted at Brisbane on July 31, 1915, and embarked for active service with, the 7th Reinforcements of the 25th Battalion on December 30, 1915, being later transferred to the 47th Infantry Battalion. Was reported wounded on two occasions, the second time severely. 

Was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field for volunteering for patrol work, which he continued to carry out for seven nights in succession, and bringing back valuable information, us well as carrying wounded whilst under heavy shell fire. Returned to Australia on December 17, 1917, and discharged as medically unfit for active service on May 2, 1918.' from Daily Standard 22 Jul 1918 (


ARNALL.— On December 24, at Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, Donald Henry, dearly loved husband of Ruby, loving father of Donald, Jean, Herbert, Reginald and Dorothy, aged 45 years. Late A.l.F. (an Anzac). 

ARNALL.— On December 24, Don Arnall, of 8 Galeka-street, Merlynston, second eldest son of Harry and the late Christina Arnall and beloved brother of Charlie (Queensland), Chriss, Harry, and Harriet. Sufferer at rest. Queensland papers please copy.' from The Age 26 Dec 1940 (