The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Arthur Melville
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Military Medal
- E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Collie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Arthur William Magill
- Mothers's Name:
- May Eva Magill
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Boiler Attendant
- Escaped to Sumatra
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.
COPY OF CITATION:
PRIVATE ARTHUR MELVILLE MAGILL WX16886
During AIF. operations in MALAYA. Private Magill fought in ‘D’ Company (2/4th Machine Gun Battalion Reinforcements) of the Special Reserve Battalion. At BULIM VILLAGE on 9th February, 1942 he was leading his section on a patrol when he encountered an enemy patrol armed with a machine gun. He immediately engaged the enemy and killed five of them. He led his section most gallantly and was wounded in the neck and under the armpit. Three of his section were killed but he successfully withdrew the remainder to safety. Although wounded, he remained on with the section. At 16.50 hours on 10th February. 1942. the battalion withdrew to a position 2 1/2 miles back on JURUNG ROAD. At 0001 hours on 10th February. 1942, it was realised that the battalion was surrounded. The Japanese attacked strongly at 0600 hours when an order for withdrawal was given. During this action. Private Magill again exhibited outstanding powers of leadership. The battalion was ambushed and had to fight its way out. Private Magill again led his section with vigour and dash. He was wounded in the hand and had his rifle smashed but continued to fight on by assisting with a Bren gun. Of his section, six were killed and he was wounded three times. This soldier’s comrades spoke very highly of his leadership. and his behaviour throughout the action, despite his wounds, was an outstanding example of courage and devotion to duty.
Recommended by : Major AE Saggers CO Reserve Bn
Award Recommended: Distinguished Conduct Medal
Honour Granted: Military Medal
Date of London Gazette: 1st August 1946
Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 12th September 1946
Soldier was wounded in action at Bulim Vallage 9/2/1942. He received gunshot wounds to his neck and armpit from a light automatic weapon. Magill was wounded again at South-West Bukit Timah on 11/2/1942 this time receiving a gunshot wound to his 3rd and 4th fingers on his right hand and a gunshot wound to his leg.
Solder was saved from drowning during escape from the scene of an ambush by Squasner Squance, who pushed him up a bank.
They escaped to Sumatra with Hopson and later captured by Japanese on 17/3/1942 and imprisoned. Please read about their escape.
He left Gloe Goer Camp 8/3/1944 on Atjeh Party Road Works and Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway.
Mac passed away aged 60, July 11 1979, Bunbury WA.
Arthur was one of the Collie boys. Please read about them.
- Atjeh Party, Blangkedjeren - Sumatra
- Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
- Pakan Baroe-Moearo - Sumatra **