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Arthur Halin BERG

Regimental number5002
Date of birth11 June 1898
Place of birthMobile, Alabama, USA
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSteward
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Miss D Smith, Harris Street, 1 North of Monroe Park, Mobile, Alabama, USA
Enlistment date29 October 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 October 1917
Place of enlistmentMurray Bridge, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Discharge date22 April 1919
Other details

Statutory declaration, made at Murray Bridge, South Australia, 28 October 1917: 'I am an American subject born at the City of Mobile, Alabama, USA, on the 11th of June 1898. My parents are both dead, my sister a nurse in the French Legion was killed on Active Service in France and my only other Brother was killed in France later. I have no other relatives, and offer my self for service in the A.I.F. with a desire to obtain revenge for their loss.'

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ascanius', 9 February 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 21 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit: gas poisoning), Adelaide, 22 April 1919.

Granted a war pension; pension cancelled as from 22 November 1919 on acount of his failure to report for a medical examination; whereabouts unknown until he wrote to Base Records, 17 March 1925, with particulars of his address in Mobile, Alabama.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNote on Attestation Form: 'To the best of my knowledge I have no living relations.' Details of friend as next of kin overwritten, 19 February 1919: 'Now nominates mother Mrs W.E, Berg, 109 Monroe Street, Mobile, Alabama, USA.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, BERG Arthur Halin

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