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Arthur Deacon Pleydell was born in Mortlake, VIC and was a Clerk living at Clarendon College, Ballarat when he enlisted in the 11th Battalion, B Company on 24 August 1914 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914. He was admitted from the field to Hospital in Gallipoli on 10 May 1915, suffering from gonorrhoea. In February of 1916 he was transferred to the Australian postal Corps and was promoted to Sergeant a month later. In December of that year he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for 'valuable services rendered in connection with the war.' He returned home to Australia aboard the Marathon on 19 May 1919.
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