HALLENSTEIN, Dalbert Isaac

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 January 1915, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, 15 August 1893
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Wesley College & C of E Grammar School, Melbourne
Occupation: Accountant/Tanner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 September 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot IV, Row E, Grave 14
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Employees of Michaelis Hallenstein & Co. Pty. Ltd., MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll, Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Victoria
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Machine Gun Battalion
2 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne


from Advertiser (Footscray, Melbourne) 14th September, 1918

The Unreturning Brave

Lieut Dalbert Hallenstein, son of Mr. R. Hallenstein, of the local firm of Michaelis, Hallenstein and Co., Pty. Ltd., has been officially reportcd killed in action after close on four years' active service. Lieut. Hallenstein served on Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion, and was wounded there. He served two years with the 14th Machine Gun Coy. in France, and was again wounded in May, 1917. When he was sufficiently recovered, he returned to France, and had been in the firing line right up to the time of meeting his death by shell fire on the 1st of this month. As a mark of respect to the late lieutenant, the works of the company were closed for the day on Wednesday last.


The Jewish Herald 29th Nov 1918

Lieut. Dalbert Hallenstein.

The following tribute to the memory of Lieut. Dalbert Hallenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hallenstein, of St. Kilda, appears in the London "Jewish Chronicle," of 20th September:—By the death of Lieut.Dalbert Hallenstein, of the Australian Imperial Force, Australian Jewry has lost one of its noblest sons. Enlisting shortly after the outbreak of war, Lieut. Hallenstein saw much fighting in Gallipoli, in Egypt, and in France. He was very keen as a soldier, went successfully through many historic "stunts" on the battlefields of France, and was on holiday leave in London as recently as last month. He was over six feet in stature, an intrepid fighter, and was always modest regarding his achievements. This gallant and popular officer, who was killed in action on the 2nd of September, leaves behind him a glorious example of true patriotism and cheerful self-sacrifice in the sacred cause of justice and liberty. His cousins, Lieut. Grant Michaelis and Sergt. Frank Michaelis, both of Melbourne, have already made the supreme sacrifice. His other cousins, Lieut. Archie Michaelis and Lieut. Roy Michaelis, from the same city, have been for some time on active service in the fighting zone.—From J. D.

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Dalbert Isaac HALLENSTEIN was born on 15 Aug 1893 at St Kilda, Victoria

His parents were Reuben Richard HALLENSTEIN and Lucie MICHAELIS who married in 1891 in Victoria

He had previous service as a Lieutentant in the 46th Senior Cadets Battalion (3 years) and also 2nd Lieutenant with the 64th Infantry Battalion when he enlisted on 16th January, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 5th Battalion, 3rd reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board on HMAT Runic on 19h Feburary, 1915

He was Killed in Action on 2nd September, 1918 -he was buried half a mile from Perrone and then reburied at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, - he is also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial, The Melbourne Cricket Club roll of honour & the Michaelis Hallenstein Memorial on Dynon Road, Maribynong, Victoria which is a family firm memorial

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War medal and the Victory Medal.



Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

DALBERT ISAAC HALLENSTEIN who was killed in action near Peronne on 2nd September 1918 was the son of Mr. Reuben H. Hallenstein. He was born in 1894 and came to us in 1906 from Wesley College and Cumloden and left in 1911, when he joined the staff of Michaelis, Hallenstein & Co., and received a thorough business
training so as to qualify for a managerial position. Prior to enlistment he was a member of the Citizen Forces.' In August 1914 he obtained his commission in the City of Melbourne Regiment, 36th Battalion, A.M.F. In November of the same year he went into the No. 1 Officers' Training School at Broadmeadows, where he obtained a good certificate.

On 16th January 1915 he was accepted for service in the A.I.F. as 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, and left for Egypt on 26th February 1915 with the 3rd Reinforcements. A fortnight after reaching Egypt he went to Gallipoli and landed on Cape Helles on 8th May 1915. Whilst there he was wounded but did not leave the Peninsula till September, when he, with many other members of his division, was ordered to Lemnos for a rest. From there he was sent to Alexandria to convalesce, and during this time he gained his certificate as a machine-gun officer.

On his recovery he was on 9th May 1916 appointed to 5th
Divisional Cyclist Company on the Headquarters Staff, which position he held till 9th September, after reaching France in June 1916, and he was then appointed to the 14th Machine Gun Company, and was on 25th November 1916 promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was again wounded on 2nd April 1917 and was invalided to England, where he was in hospital and convalescent home for three months.

After going through the heavy fighting in the 1918 offensive, he was granted a fortnight's leave to England in August 1918, and a few days after his return to the front he was killed. He was buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.