Clement Broomhall Arnold

ARNOLD, Lt C B, DSO, TD, DL

Lieutenant Arnold of B Coy 6th (F) Battalion Tank Corps, was Tank Commander of tank A.344, "Musical Box", on 10th of August 1918 at the Battle of Amiens. Having knocked out a 4 gun Field Battery and following fierce fighting, Lt Arnold's tank moved to support the 60th Australian Infantry Brigade, pinned down at the railway, south of Harbonnieres. After being in action for 9 or 10 hours, his tank received a direct hit and caught fire. His driver Private W J Carnie was killed and Lieutenant Arnold and Gunner Ribbans were wounded and captured. Lt Arnold was taken as a prisoner of War to Freiburg, where he found his brother Captain A E Arnold, MC Tank Corps.

Rutter Ernst van Maravics - Lieutenant Reserve Regiment 58 of Infantry Division 119 in 1918, was given the task of dealing with Arnold's Musical Box. The two made contact in 1931, a friendship which lasted until van Maravics died c1960.

Lieutenant Arnold was awarded a DSO on 3rd June 1919 and later became a Colonel and Deputy Lieutenant Caernarvonshire, now Gwynedd. He died on 12th December 1978 at Llandudno, aged 84.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

1939-45 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

DEFENCE MEDAL

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

VICTORY MEDAL

WAR MEDAL

KING GEORGE VI CORONATION 1937

SPECIAL CONSTABULARY MEDAL (KING GEORGE VI)

EFFICIENCY DECORATION (QUEEN ELIZABETH II)