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Regimental number1668
Place of birthDanalagnes, Finland
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.25"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs V Kemp, Danai, Lagnes, Finland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Mont St. Quentin on 2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the advance of the 7th Australian Infantry Brigade on the 2nd September, 1918, this man was acting as a section runner and maintained communication with the Infantry Battalion Headquarters in rear passing through very heavy artillery and Machine Gun fire from time to time. Some wounded men were left in front of our line owing to a temporary withdrawal in that vicinityQEast of MONT ST QUENTIN. On learning this, and not being able to obtain stretcher bearers, Private Dahlstrom went forward into "No Man's land" and carried in a wounded man; this action he repeated no less than 6 times, thus bringing 7 wounded men to cover under heavy Machine Gun and rifle fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 26th Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Found guilty, 19 January 1916, of being guilty without leave, 0900-1600, 18 January 1916: awarded 24 hours' Field Punishment No. 2; forfeited 1 day's pay. Found guilty, 27 January 1916, of disobedience of orders: awarded 120 hours' Field Punishment No. 2.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Transferred to 7th Machine Gun Company, 19 November 1916. Found guilty, 14 December 1916, of of being absent without leave, 6.30 am, 10 December, until apprehended by Military Police at Amiens, 3 pm, same day: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No. 2; forfeited total of 6 days' pay.

Found guilty, 9 February 1917, of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline: when given an order used obscene language: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left elbow); admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Camiers, 5 October 1917; transferred to England, 13 October 1917, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 November 1917; discharged to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 November 1917; to No. 4 Command Depot, 13 December 1917; to Overseas Training Brigade, 19 January 1918; to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 4 April 1918. Found guilty by Court Martial, Longbridge Deverill, 22 March 1918, of being absent without leave, 7 February 1918 until apprehended at Dover, 28 February 1918: pleaded guilty: forfeited 21 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 9 April 1918; rejoined unit, 12 April 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Trasos Montes', 7 April 1919; disembarked Brisbane, 27 May 1919; discharged, 19 July 1919.

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

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