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Archibald Alexander White was born in Ballarat and was a Painter when he enlisted in the 2nd Field Ambulance, Section A on 31 March 1915 at the age of 28. His unit embarked on June 14th aboard the Ajana and sailed to Egypt for further training. In March 1916 he left Egypt for the battlefields of France where he served with distinction, earning a Meritorious Service Medal. His recommendation read, 'This NCO has, since the inauguration of the Ambulance in Australia, been a steady and most reliable soldier. His duty as a Transport Sergeant has on many occasions demanded his services in areas under heavy shell fire, carrying rations to advanced positions and evacuating wounded under the greatest difficulties. During the PASSCHENDAELE operations in October, 1917, this NCO was in charge of the Horse Transport in the forward area. He worked unceasingly for several days with little sleep, and his untiring energies and devotion to duty was in no small way responsible for the efficient rationing of the personnel and the speedy evacuation of the wounded. He has always carried out his duties in a most praiseworthy manner'.
Despite his willingness to expose himself to danger he avoided serious injury, returned safely to Australia on the Kildonan Castle as a member of the nursing staff, and disembarked at Melbourne on May 7th 1919.
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