Arnold Cooper SANDLAND


SANDLAND, Arnold Cooper

Service Number: 191
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Morphettville Racecourse SA Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Jamestown, South Australia, 29 October 1890
Home Town: Jamestown, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Land Agent
Died: Died of wounds, Boulougne, Cote d'Opal, Nord-Pas de Calais, France, 4 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Boulougne Eastern Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Jamestown Presbyterian Church WW2 Honor Roll, Jamestown Soldier's Memorial Park Arch, Jamestown St James Anglican Church Stained Glass Windows and Turner Brothers Memorial, Roseworthy Agricultural College Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville Racecourse SA Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 191, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 191, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 191, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Pozières
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Pozières
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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191 Lance Corporal Arnold Cooper Sandland, 10th Battalion, was a 24 year old land agent from Jamestown, South Australia when he enlisted on 22 August 1914.

He embarked for overseas from Adelaide on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius.

Following further training in Egypt, the 10th Battalion was part of the covering force for the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am.

The 10th Battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the ANZAC position, and served there until just prior to the evacuation in December.   The Battalion had withdrawn to the island of Lemnos for rest and recuperation when the evacuation was initiated.

After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the 10th Battalion returned to Egypt and, in March 1916, sailed for France and the Western Front.

Arnold Sandland was one of many soldiers identified for commissioning and he was promoted to Lieutenant (Lt) on 16 March 1916 as the AIF was re-organising for deployment to the Western Front.

Once landed at Marseilles in southern France, the AIF Divisions followed one another in suiccession by rail to northern France in a process that involved the rotation of the Australian Divisions through the "Nursery" sector near Armentieres and Fleurbaix, facing the village of Fromelles.  Although activity in this sector was light until the 5th Division's ill-starred attack on 19 / 20th July, smaller scale actions took place throughout the period the Australians were in the line here.  It was in one of these that Arnold Sandland was wounded in action, on 21 June 1916 at Petillon, France.  

He was evacuated for treatment but later died of his wounds on 4 August 1916. Lt Sandland is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.




1914/15 Star

British War Medal

Civtory Medal

Commemorative Plaque