Petrus Efiam BERGSTROM

Regimental number3854
Place of birthWasland, Sweden
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGeraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs Ivy Brady, 148 Wittenoom Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1915
Place of enlistmentGeraldton, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 22 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Medal

'This man took part in the charge on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT on the morning of the 11th April 1917. When held up by the slow advance of the "Tank" supporting the attack he took his Lewis gun forward and opened fire on the enemy Machine Gun which was causing serious losses amongst our men and succeeded in so disconnecting the enemy that for the time being the effect of his fire was nullified. Subsequently when the objective was obtained he displayed great daring in advancing with his Lewis gun up enemy saps and scored many casualties amongst enemy bombers. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date3 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Detention Barracks, Abbassia, 15 January 1916; discharged, 18 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 64 days.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 August 1916.

Suffered shell shock, April 1917 (no further details).

Awarded the Military Medal, 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 May 1917 (deformed toe); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 May 1917; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 23 May 1917; discharged to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 26 May 1917; transferred to England, 19 June 1917, and marched in to No 1 command Depot, Perham Downs (Permanent Base). Detached to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 27 June 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 April 1918; discharged, 14 June 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 60 days. Marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 14 June 1918; in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Leicestershire', 9 December 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 15 January 1919; discharged, 3 March 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals notation marked 'returned, 30/9/24'.
Miscellaneous detailsAttestation form: 'Have you been convicted by the civil power?': Yes, fined 7/- for being under the unfluence of drink.