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Karl AHNALL

Regimental number555
Place of birthStockholm, Sweden
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPearler
AddressBroome, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9.25"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, Adolph Ahnall, Stockholm, Sweden
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Swedish Infantry.
Enlistment date16 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 28th Battalion
Promotion date: 27 December 1916

FateDied of wounds 2 March 1917
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialDouchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 3), France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: A.G. and Ida AHNALL, Hollandaregatan II, Stockholm, Sweden
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. Though badly wounded in the attack, he remained with his company and directed and assisted wounded men to the dressing station under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Though again wounded and shot through the chest, he still assisted in carrying wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 17 October 1915.

Promoted sergeant, 10 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Appointed Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 7 May 1916; Company Sergeant Major, 18 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left shoulder and chest(, and admitted to No 1 Field Ambulance, and then to 44th Casualty Clearing station, and then by Ambulance Train to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 29 July 1916; to England, 2 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, 2 August 1916; transferred to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, and granted furlough, 14 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 October 1916.

Promoted Regimental Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer Class 1, 31 October 1916.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 27 December 1916.

Reported killed in action, 28 February 1917.

Report subsequently amended to read 'Died whilst a Prisoner of War in German hands [belly wound] at Chief Dressing Station, Morchies, France, 2.3.17.'

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsService Number incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 554.
SourcesNAA: B2455, AHNALL Karl

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