William Joseph ARNOLD

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ARNOLD, William Joseph

Service Number: 3764
Enlisted: 2 May 1916, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, July 1884
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draper
Died: Pneumonia, Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire, England, 2 July 1918
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Grave 119
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
2 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3764, 31st Infantry Battalion
19 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3764, 31st Infantry Battalion
19 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3764, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
Date unknown: Involvement 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography

31 Battalion

Rank - Private

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Brother of Evelyn Arnold, Fulham, London, England

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Deaths Sep 1918 Arnold William J 34 Wilton 5a 197.

 He was 34.

Birth record for Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, not found.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 2nd July......Private William Joseph Arnold was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England around 1885.
William Joseph Arnold came to Australia (date unknown) but was listed on the 1913 Australian Electoral Roll for the division of Herbert, subdivision of Townsville, Queensland. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 2nd May, 1916 as a 31 year old, single, Draper from Bundaberg, Queensland.

Private Arnold arrived in England for further training & was posted to 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England on 12th December, 1916.

Private Arnold was admitted to Hospital from 14th December, 1916 until 6th January, 1917. He was Absent without leave from 12 midnight on 1st March, 1917 until 10 p.m. on 2nd March, 1917. He was awarded 28 days Field Punishment No. 2 which was reduced to 14 days & forfeited pay.

Private Arnold proceeded to France & joined 31st Battalion at the Front on 12th April, 1917. He was sent sick to Hospital on 13th December, 1917 & invalided back to England on 19th December, 1917 on Hospital Ship St David with Hydrocele.

Private Arnold was admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, England on 19th December, 1917. He was transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England on 9th January, 1918 & discharged to furlo on 28th January, 1918 to 11th February, 1918. He was then to report to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott.
Private William Joseph Arnold was sent sick to Fovant Hospital on 28th June, 918. He was admitted to the Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 29th June, 1918 with Pneumonia - Seriously ill. He sadly died at 9.20 a.m. on 2nd July, 1918 of pneumonia at the Military Hospital, Fovant, aged 33 years. He was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/compton-chamberlayne.ht…

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