Martin JOHANSEN

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JOHANSEN, Martin

Service Numbers: 7077, 7707
Enlisted: 8 June 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Larvik, Ijolling County, Norway, March 1896
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailor/ Farmer
Died: Wounds, King George Hospital, London, UK, United Kingdom, 18 August 1918
Cemetery: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Pirbright, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Section IV, Row D, Grave 14
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Jun 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7077
24 Jul 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7077, 28th Infantry Battalion
24 Jul 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7077, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Albany
19 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, SN 7707, France - Gun shot would to the back / paraplegia. Transferred to King George Hospital in London where he died of wound 19 August 1918

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 18th August…… Martin Johansen was born at Larvik, in Tjolling County, Norway in 1896.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 8th June, 1917 as a 21 year old, single, Labourer from Perth, Western Australia.

Private Martin Johansen, Service number 7077, embarked from Albany, Western Australia on HMAT Port Melbourne (A16) on 24th July, 1917 with the 28th Infantry Battalion, 21st Reinforcements & disembarked at Liverpool, England on 16th September, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
He was posted to 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, Wiltshire on 17th September, 1917 from Australia.
On 23rd January, 1918 Private Johansen proceeded to France. He was posted to 4th A.I.B.D. (Australian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre, France on 24th January, 1918. He proceeded to join his Unit from 4th A.I.B.D. on 29th January, 1918 & was taken on strength of 16th Battalion from Reinforcements in the Field on the same day.

Private Martin Johansen was wounded in action in France on 8th August, 1918 in the Somme Offensive. He was admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance on 9th August, 1918 with bullet wound to back then transferred & admitted to Casualty Clearing Station. Private Johansen was transferred & admitted to 32nd Stationary Hospital on 10th August, 1918 & embarked for England on Hospital Ship St Denis on 11th August, 1918.

He was admitted to The King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London on 11th August, 1918 with G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to back – dangerously ill.
Private Martin Johansen died at 3.30 pm on 18th August, 1918 at The King George’s Hospital, London, England from wounds received in action - G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to back & Paraplegia.

The Hospital Admissions form reported “Wounded 8/8/18 of machine gun bullet in Right chest; came out at back to left of mid line of spine, Became gradually more delirious. Paraplegic. Slowly became worse …”
He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England where around 360 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/i---l.html

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