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Otto ERICKSON

Regimental number3482
Place of birthNew Carleby, Finland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMacrossan Street, South Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Henry Erickson, New York, USA
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 27 March 1916. Taken on strength, 1st Entrenching Bn, Belgium, 14 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (shell wound, face), and admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 29 July 1916; to No. 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 9 August 1916; returned to unit, 17 August 1916.

Admitted to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, 24 August 1916 (pleurisy); discharged to No. 6 Convalescent Depot, 1 September 1916; transferred to England, 14 September 1916, and admitted to Bramshott Military Hospital (pleurisy: severe); transferred to Connaught Military Hospital, Aldershot, 16 October 1916. Granted furlough, 3 November 1916, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 18 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, head and legs); admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; to England, 18 May 1917, and admitted to Devonport Hospital, 19 May 1917 (wounds: severe). Discharged to furlough, 11 June 1917, to report to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 25 June 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 30 August 1917; rejoined unit, 9 September 1917.

Admitted to 7th Canadian Stationary Hospital, 11 September 1917 (abcesses); transferred to England and admitted to Horton War Hospital, Epsom, 26 October 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 November 1917; discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 22 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia, 30 January 1918; discharged, 25 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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