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Regimental number3233
Place of birthHelsengeborg, Sweden
ReligionChurch of England
Address315 Batman Street,West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 4.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFriend, H Kelsath, 315 Batman Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Discharge date18 May 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Serapeum, 22 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 2 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 July 1916, and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by No 21 Ambulance Train, 25 July 1916, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 26 July 1916 (shell shock - mild; buried); transferred to England, 31 July 1916, and admitted same day to 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield; discharged (date not recorded), and taken on strength, No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 22 September 1916. Reported back from furlough, 9 October 1916. Found guilty, 12 October 1916, of being absent without leave, 3-9 pm, 7 October 1916: awarded 1 day confined to camp and forfeited 1 day's pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1916; rejoined unit, 16 January 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 26 November 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 26 November 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, 13 December 1917 (myalgia); to Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 2 January 1918; transferred to England, 15 January 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Osterley', 31 January 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 12 April 1918; discharged, 18 May 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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