Francis Benjamin ARNOLD

ARNOLD, Francis Benjamin

Service Numbers: 3520, 3519
Enlisted: 3 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warragul, Baw Baw Shire, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Warragul, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 25 August 1916
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
Grave X. A. 3., Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Warragul War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3520, 6th Infantry Battalion
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 3520, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 3520, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
25 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 3519, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3519 awm_unit: 6th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-25

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Francis was educated at Seaview State School and was a member of the Seaview Rifle Club, near Warragul. His brother Lance Corporal 2332 William Leslie Arnold, 9th Battalion AIF died of wounds on 16 August 1916, only a week before the death of his brother. Their mother was very ill at the time, and the news broke her spirit, she died 4 months later during December 1916.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

11th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF - Service No. 3519

Son of Francis Benjamin and Margaret Arnold of Sea View, Warragul, Victoria. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 August 1915 and embarked for active service abroad on 11 October 1915 per HMAT "Nestor" (A71). He was wounded in action on 20 August 1916, receiving multiple gun shot wounds, and died at the 1st Canadian General Hospital, 5 days later, aged 20 years.