Wason Herbert Watsford ARNOLD


ARNOLD, Wason Herbert Watsford

Service Number: TX3042
Enlisted: 4 June 1940, Launceston, Tasmania
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Kindred, Tasmania, 29 July 1910
Home Town: Ulverstone, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Excavator (Hydro Electric)
Died: Died at sea whilst a POW (Tamahoko Maru), At sea (South West Pacific Area), 24 June 1944, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
No known grave; Column 133.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

4 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN TX3042, Launceston, Tasmania
24 Jun 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sergeant, SN TX3042, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Wason Herbert ARNOLD was born on 29th July, 1910 in Kindred, Tasmania

His parents were Henry James ARNOLD and Alice HANDSFORD

In 1935 while working as an excavator in the Hydro electric works in Tarraleah in Tasmania he had a serious accident when his jack hammer hit some unexploded gelignite left in a rock and he spent 8 months recovering in Hobart General Hospital

He enlisted on 4th June 1940 with the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion - Service No. TX3042

He died on 24th June 1944 while a prisoner of war

STORY about him on the ship TAMAHOKO that sunk (www.australian-pow-ww2.com)

GROUP PHOTO with more information about the soldiers (www.awm.gov.au)

SINGAPORE MEMORIAL (www.twgpp.org)




Mrs. O .Wilson of Wellington St, South Burnie has ben advised by the Minister for the Army that her brother Corporal Wason Arnold died in June 1944 while a prisoner of war as the result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki. Corporal Arnold enlisted at Ulverstone and served in the Middle East.  He was taken a prisoner in Java.  A member of the 2/3 machine Gun Battalion, Corporal Arnold was a son of the late Mr. & Mrs. H J Arnold, late of Kindred and West Ulverstone." - from the Burnie Advocate 10 Nov 1945 (nla.gov.au)