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Max Johann GERLACH

Regimental number2117
Place of birthFrewville, South Australia
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressFifth Avenue, St Peters, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinFather, Franz Wilhelm Martin Gerlach, Fifth Avenue, St Peters, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 57 days in the AIF: discharged 12 December 1916 for 'Commandant's Special Reasons'.
Enlistment date26 July 1917
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company June 1917, General Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Indarra on 26 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date21 January 1920
Other details

Enlisted, 12 October 1916, but was discharged in December 1916 on the grounds that his father was a naturalized German.

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 26 November 1917; disembarked Southampton, England (via Egypt, Italy, France), 2 February 1918.

Transferred to Machine Gun Details, Grantham, 10 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 June 1918; taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Bn, in the field, 22 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 1 September 1918 (gun shot wound, groin, left thigh), and admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 11th Stationary Hospital, 3 September 1918; to England, 11 September 1918, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford (gun shot wound, left groin, hip, fractured femur: severe); to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Margha', 18 January 1919; disembarked, 28 February 1919; discharged (medically unfit), 21 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 April 1967
SourcesNAA: B2455, GERLACH Max Johann

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