Henry Richard ARNOLD

ARNOLD, Henry Richard

Service Numbers: 4128A, 4218A
Enlisted: 16 August 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 12 April 1894
Home Town: Mayfield, Waratah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway clerk
Died: Mayfield, New South Wales, Australia, 10 January 1930, aged 35 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Memorials: Newcastle High School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4128A, 1st Infantry Battalion
16 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 54th Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4218A, 54th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW to knee
11 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
16 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4218A, 54th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele, Gassed - MU, sent home
30 Oct 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4218A, 54th Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD due to wounding
Date unknown: Involvement Private, SN 4128A, 1st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Served and suffered during The Great War, now resting peacefully at Sandgate Cemetery.
91 years ago today, on the Sunday afternoon of the 12th January 1930, (the only funeral on this day), Corporal Henry Richard Arnold, 54th Battalion (not 34th Battalion, Reg No-4128A), railway clerk from Anne Street, Mayfield, New South Wales and 75 Braye Street, Mayfield, N.S.W., father of two (Peggy and Dorothy), was laid to rest (no military funeral) at Sandgate Cemetery, age 35. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) F NE. 1.
Born at Hamilton, New South Wales on the 12th April 1894 to Henry and Kate Arnold; husband of Thirza Arnold nee Douglas (married 21.9.1918, Wickham, N.S.W., died 1938), Henry enlisted August 1915 with the 1st Battalion at Newcastle, N.S.W.
Wounded in action - 19/20.7.1916 (GSW right knee, Battle of Fromelles), 16.10.1917 (gassed), Henry returned home August 1918, being discharged as medically unfit on the 30th October 1918.
Mr Arnold’s name has been inscribed on the Newcastle High School Honour Roll (photo, unveiled on the 25th April 1922, 90 names inscribed, 17 Fallen) and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Name not inscribed on the NSW Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919.
Henry service and sacrifice for God, King and Country has been recognised with a brown granite Commonwealth War Graves’s headstone. I have placed poppies for Henry and for all his comrades from the 54th Battalion who were sacrificed needlessly during the Battle of Fromelles, and those who returned home scarred for life.
Lest We Never Forget.