Ernest William KASTBERG

KASTBERG, Ernest William

Service Number: 5389
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia, 7 February 1890
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Magill, South Australia, 29 April 1957, aged 67 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 17A, Site No: 12
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5389, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5389, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded SN 5389, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Ernest Kastberg was the son of Ernest Emanuel and Bridget  (nee Smith) Kastberg of Port Broughton where Ernest Snr. was a Porter employed on the tramway. In 1889 Ernest was saved from his parents burning house by his father.


Ernest was born in Port Broughton in 1890. A labourer, he was 24 years old when he enlisted in Adelaide on 14 February 1916.

Ernest was appointed to 17th Reinforcements 10 Battalion and embarked aboard HMAT A20 “Hororato” on 11 April 1916. After training in England he proceeded overseas to France where, on 31 October, he was taken on strength of 48 Battalion. It was in an attack at Bullecourt when Ernest was wounded in the leg by a piece of shrapnel on 11 April 1917. He rejoined his unit a month later. In September 1918 Ernest returned to England where he was placed on the Permanent Cadre of 12 Training Battalion.

Ernest embarked from England aboard HMAT A30 “Borda” on 11 May 1919 and disembarked at Adelaide on 23 June. He was discharged on 8 August 1919.