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Albert WARTZELHAN

Regimental number3704
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressCootamundra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.1
Height5' 6"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Wartzelhan, Newmarket, Albury, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 44th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date13 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3704A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 22 September 1918
Place of burialLa Chapelette British Cemetery (Plot III, Row F, Grave 13), Peronne, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
48
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on the entrance gates to the grounds of St Patrick's Church, Albury, New South Wales. Parents: Christie and Freda WARTZELHAN.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; found guilty, at sea, 22 February 1917, of insolence to an Officer: awarded 96 hours' detention; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917.

Marched into Pioneer Training Bn, 27 March 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 30 March 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 30 March 1917; discharged to Depot, 17 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 23 days.

Found guilty, 15 August 1917, of failing to appear at parade ordered by his CO at 6.30 am, 15 August 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Found guilty, 20 August 1917, of insolence to an NCO: awarded 3 days' confined to camp.

Found guilty, 25 September 1917, of neglect to obey orders in that he was in Redenham without leave: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 3 October 1917, of using obscene language to an NCO: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 February 1918; taken on strength, 15th Pioneer Bn, in the field, 6 March 1918.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 8 March 1918 (cut tongue, accidental), and transferred to 2nd Field Ambulance; to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 9 March 1918; rejoined Bn, 19 April 1918.

Reallotted Regimental Number 3704A.

Detached to 1st Division Headquarters, 7 July 1918; rejoined Bn, 23 July 1918.

Transferred to 6th Bn, 9 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1918 (gun shot wound, buttock and hip), and admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 September 1918.

Died of wounds, 22 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Albury, Victoria.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARTZELHAN Albert

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