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Born in Castlemaine, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, Joseph John Arthur was 35 years and married when enlisted on the 12th of July 1915 in the 24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 3315. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 'Commonwealth' on the 26th of November 1915. Admitted sick to Hospital on the 28th of April 1916; admitted to Australian General Hospital Etaples, Rheumatism on the 7th of May 1916; discharged to Base Depot for duty ex No 26 General Hospital Etaples Myalgia on the 5th of June 1916. Admitted to 4th Northern Hospital Lincoln on the 30th of June 1916 and then transferred to No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield for acute Rheumatism on the 10th of July 1916. Embarked return to Australia per A.S. 'Ajana' ex Portland on the 17th of October 1916 owing to injury to right knee.Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 4th of January 1917. Tree No. 2317