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Arthur Henry Waight was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer when he enlisted (for the third time) in the 3rd Pioneer Battalion, D Company on 14 March 1916 at the age of 28. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916. A week later he disembarked at Fremantle and was admitted to hospital for what proved to be an extended period of illness and treatment. On June 29th 1917 he re-embarked from Fremantle on the Borda and sailed to England. On February 5th 1918 he went absent without leave but was apprehended by Military Police in London 10 days later. A couple of weeks after this, in March 1918, he joined the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in France. He avoided battle wounds but in July he accidentally injured his right knee and spent several weeks at a convalescent camp. During his convalescence he was twice disciplined for short term absences without leave. He rejoined his unit in the field just a week before the Armistice was signed and the war ended. While awaiting his return to Australia, on June 21st 1919 he married 23 year old Florence Fitzjohn at St. Mary's Parish Church at Lambeth, London. He returned to Australia on the Benalla and disembarked at Melbourne on November 25th 1919.
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