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Pte. John Arent Arnesen

Australian Imperial Forces 33rd Btn.

from:Lirvick, Norway

John Arnesen emigrated to Australia in about 1915 and was working as a tram conductor in Sydney when he enlisted. His first experience of military life was very short lived as he was discharged after few weeks being medically unfit. He re-enlisted and arrived in France in May 1917, joining the 33rd Battalion at the front on the 10th June 1917. His time at the front was very short, being admitted to hospital on the 23rd of June having injured his leg on the parapet in the support trenches, some years before he had suffered a compound fracture to this leg and he was discharged from the army for medical reasons and returned to Australia.

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