Biography

Birth date: 1898
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Inverell
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 1343 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 30th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Archibald Walter Addison was born at Inverell, New South Wales in 1898. A mercer before the outbreak of war, Addison enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force on 9 September 1915. He was assigned to the 30th Infantry Battalion which initially trained at the Liverpool Depot before moving to R.A.S. Grounds in Moore Park on 21 September 1915. He was later reassigned as a regimental police officer to the 33rd Infantry Battalion.

After completing basic training, Addison departed Sydney on 9 November 1915 aboard HMAT Beltana. He spent time in Egypt before being deployed to Gallipoli and then the Western Front.. He was caught in gas attacks on several occasions and wounded in action on 19 April 1918 and 24 September 1918.

Addison received the Military Medal for his involvement in defensive action on 22 August 1918. His recommendation for the Military Medal contains a hand written note from General Morshead, which attests to Addison's bravery in maintaining communication between Headquarters and the frontline.

Addison was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 1 July 1919. He returned home aboard HT Plassy on 5 September 1919. Archibald Addison was formally discharged in Sydney on 30 November 1919.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 09 November 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record

Addison, Archibald Walter MM, (Corporal, b. 1897 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1343 Corporal Archibald Walter Addison MM, 33 Battalion. Collection consists of a Certificate of Discharge and copy of the citation for his Military Medal with a brief note written by General Morshead. Cpl Addison was awarded the Military... Maker: Morshead, Leslie James

PR86/309 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Morshead to Archibald Walter Addison, 1918

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1343 Corporal Archibal Walter Addison MM, 33rd Battalion. The letter was written by Lieutenant General Morshead to Archibald Addison on 13 November 1918. In the letter, Lieutenant General Morshead provides the citation for Addison's Military Medal.

RCDIG0000302

Certificate of discharge for Archibald Walter Addison, 1918

Certificate of discharge relating to the First World War service of 1343 Corporal Archibal Walter Addison MM, 33rd Battalion. The Certificate of Discharge for Archibald Addison from the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force is dated 13 January 1920.

RCDIG0000303

Timeline

Date of birth 1898
Date of embarkation 1915-11-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-07