Roy Frederick Arnold

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First name: Roy

Middle name: Frederick

Last name: Arnold

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Roy Frederick Arnold was born in Bega, New South Wales in 1895. In 1912 he was apprenticed to the felt hat trade in Sydney. In 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Infantry Regiment and in 1915 in the 18th Battalion, Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. He served in the Dardenelles and in France. In 1918 he won the Military Medal and finished the war as Sergeant Arnold. Between the wars he qualified as a dentist. He enlisted in 1940 and served as Captain in the Australian Dental Unit, part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. He was discharged on compassionate grounds following the death of his first wife in 1944.

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.
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