James Arnold

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James Arnold
Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 Jul 1888
Place of Birth Brighton, Victoria
Death 31 Jul 1952, aged 64
Place of Death Subiaco, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 9 months
Description 5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 154 lbs
69.853 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Farmer
Religion Presbyterian
Address Serpentine, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Robert Arnold
Military Information
Reg Number 660
Date of Enlistment 31 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, C Company / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A29 Suevic
Date of Return 1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Serpentine Roll of Honour
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1910 - 1913 Serpentine, a gardener. As a child he had attended Serpentine Primary School.

War Service

After enlistment James moved through a number of Depot Companies at Blackboy Hill camp before being allocated to the 44th Battalion.

Enroute to England, during the stop over in Cape Town, James absconded from the ship for six hours on 25 Jun 1916, and after being confined to ship he absconded a second time, earning himself 72 hours detention and four days pay. He also had to perform all guards and fatigues for the rest of the journey.

On arrival in England the battalion is sent to lark Hill camp and on 8 Nov 1916 James is found guilty of being AWOL from midnight on 3 Nov to 9:30pm on 4 Nov 1916. Awarded two days Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 3 days pay.

The battalion proceeded overseas to France from Southampton on 25 Nov 1916, arriving in Le Havre at 6:30am on the 26th. At 3pm on the 27th they entrained for Bailleul, arriving there the next day at 8pm, and were then marched to Steenwerck where they went into reserve.

On 30 Nov 1916 James is detached to the Army's School of Musketry in France, seemingly remaining with them until 8 Feb 1919 when he returned to the 44th Battalion. Before rejoining them, he was granted 14 days English leave in Nov 1918.

Less than two months after rejoining the 44th, he returns to Codford in the UK for processing for return to Australia.

Discharged at 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1919.

Post War

During 1922 James married Marion Gaskell Thomas in Perth. A son Clement James was born 1924 in Bassendean, but died 6 May 1925 in Bassendean. Marion died in 1928.


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