Thomas Arnold

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Arnold
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, July 17, 1894
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, December 4, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, May 21, 1965
Details: 

Thomas Arnold (Service No 5799) was born at Marshall Mount via Dapto in the Illawarra district of N.S.W.

At enlistment Thomas stated he was single, 19 years old, worked as a farmer, and had served with 37th Infantry.  Shortly after enlisting Thomas' attestation papers dated January 1916  were changed to show that he was now married and his next of kin was his wife, Myrtle, of Gipps St, Wollongong.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A55 Kyarra with 18th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion on 3rd June 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 3rd August 1916 and Thomas joined 1st Battalion in France on 3rd November 1916.  Two days later he was wounded in action and treated for a shell wound to his hip. He returned to his unit on 10th November 1916.

Thomas saw service on the Western Front until 15th April 1917 when he was wounded a second time. He was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a bullet wound to his right eye.

Thomas remained in England and was attached to Headquarters, London on 5th September 1917.

He was repatriated to Australia in December 1918 and discharged from the AIF on 24th March 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ARNOLD T

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