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Charles William ENGBLOM

Regimental number1339
Place of birthDimboola, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPlumber
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMr C. Engblom, Maribyrnong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 November 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Unit name5th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1224
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 January 1916
Discharge date1 June 1916
Other details

Enlisted 23 September 1914; discharged, 23 October 1914: 'not efficient'. OC, C Company, 14th Bn, wrote, 28 October 1914: 'The bearer, C.W. Engblom[,] was not smart enough for 14th Battn. There is no reason who he should not become an efficient soldier. He has a clean record with "C" Company.'

Re-enlisted, 13 November 1914.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 21 May 1915 (gun shot wound, leg); transferred to Malta, 4 June 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, Imtarfa.

Disembarked Alexandria from Malta, 1 August 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 August 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros West, 16 Setember 1915 (influenza), and transferred same day to No 3 Australian Stationary Hospital; to Malta, and disembarked, 28 September 1916 (pleurisy), and admitted to Military Hospital, Valetta; transferred to England, 18 October 1915, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 28 October 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HT 'Star of Victoria', 19 January 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 29 February 1916; discharged (medically unfit), 1 June 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as EUGBLOM.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ENGBLOM Charles William

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