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Christian Albert BERTHELSEN

Regimental number2377
Place of birthPialba Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTimber getter
AddressNikenbah via Maryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Berthelsen, Nikenbah via Maryborough, Queensland
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2377A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

Bar to MM


Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations 24th/25th April 1918 at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. By his good leadership and fearless energy whilst in command of his section, which was composed of new men, he helped materially in the success of his Company in the counter attack, and, whilst the consolidation was in progress, gave great assistance, keeping all those in his vicinity cheery by his own good example, and here again, by his skilful handling of his section, he was the means of preventing casualties from the heavy machine gun fire to which the sector held by his Company was subjected.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 2443 Pte Charles Edward HART, 52nd Bn, died of wounds, France, 9 June 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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