Arnold enlisted on 21 Jun 1940 and was posted to 2/11th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) on 19 Aug 1940. He was ill and did not embark with his unit but embarked aboard "KOOLAMA" with the First Reinforcements for the 2/2nd Independent Company on 17 Jan 1941. He joined the unit on Timor as a Sapper from the 2/11 Field Company, RAE, after the fall of Koepang, in about March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942.
He returned to 2/11th Field Company on 13 Aug 1943 and was appointed Lance Corporal on 15 Sept 1943. He embarked for New Guinea with them aboard "DUNTROON" on 17 Oct 1943 and was promoted to Acting Corporal on 1 Nov 1943, he was confirmed as Corporal on 21 Dec 1943. He returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 19 Feb 1944 and embarked with his unit for MOROTAI aboard "SEA BARB" on 16 Mar 1945. He embarked for TARAKAN on 22 Apr 1945, then embarked for MOROTAI on 12 May 1945 and then embarked for BALIKPAPAN on 21 Jun 1945.
He returned to Australia aboard "KINGS POINT VICTORY" on 31 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 18 Jan 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps