Arntzen Andrew Valentine

SURNAME Arntzen
NAME Andrew Valentine
PLACE-BIRTH Copenhagen Denmark
OCCUPATION Cane farmer Mossman district
PLACE-ENLISTMENT Cairns
DATE-ENLISTMENT 22-04-16
NEXT-OF-KIN Friend, Mrs M Wilson, Mossman (Coordarooie)
LINK-TO-DOUGLAS SHIRE Cane farmer Mossman District
REGIMENT-1 Special units
RANK Gunner
CAMPAIGN-1 Western Front
DATE-DISCHARGED 17-10-19
OTHER-INFO Embarked on Orantes, 19-12-16.. Field Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 23; Driver 1st Division Ammumiti0on Column. then Gunner; Medals 14/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
STORY-OUTLINE On hearing that his brother and farming partner Louis was killed in action, Andrew Arntzen enlisted at age 37 to avenge the death. Just prior to departure for the war front, he applied for 17 days leave to wind up affairs as a cane grower. He departed Sydney on the Orontes in December 1916. For some time he was assigned as a Driver in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, with much time spent in England. He was later assigned to the role of Gunner in the Small Arms Ammunition Section, 1st Divisional Ammunitions Column in France. He stayed on for some time after the Armistice and was finally discharged in October 1919.
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