Carl Stanley BERTRAM

Badge Number: S16638 /  Minature 1796, Sub Branch: Norwood
S16638 / Minature 1796

BERTRAM, Carl Stanley

Service Number: 4710
Enlisted: 3 May 1915, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 3 April 1896
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: 18 September 1980, aged 84 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Cremation only
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 4710, 3rd Australian General Hospital, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
15 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, SN 4710, 3rd Australian General Hospital
15 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Wandilla A62
29 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 4710, 25th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
6 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 4710, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion
21 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 25th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Son of Nicholas Carl BERTRAM and Eva Elizabeth nee BERESFORD

Surname: BERTRAM; Given Names: Carl Stanley; Date of Birth: 3 April 1896; Date of Enlistment: 3 May 1915; Trade or Calling: Clerk; Birth Location: Norwood; Address prior to enlistment: Elizabeth St Norwood; Photograph sent by: Mrs N E Bertram
Source: State Records SA

Mother Mrs Eva Bertram of Stanley St Norwood

Carl Stanley Bertranm, known as Stan, enlisted aged 19 on the 3rd May 1915 and was assigned to the Australian Medical Corps, 1st Reinforcements for the 3rd General Hospital, with whom he embarked barely a month laterr from Melbourne on Board the HMAT Wandilla barely a month later.

He served in the Hospital on Lemnos island at Mudros in early August 1915 after embarking on the 'Saturnia' from ALexandria in late July 1915.

He served there until emabraking on the 'Oxfordshire', a hospital ship, for Alexandria inlate December early January 1917.

until September 1917 when he embarked fro Europe on the HMAT Karoola ex Alexandria.

In late 1917 he was selected for Officer training and was sent to the officer training school in the UK in August 1917.

He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from 1st December 1917.  He was initially assigned to the 25th Battalion on 29th December 1917 and where he was promoted to Lieutenant on the 25th March 1918.  

During this time the 25th Battalion fouught to turn back the German spring offensive in April, and then participated in battles at Morlancourt, Hamel, Amiens and along the Somme Valley. 

Stan was wounded in action on the 10th June 1918 - described as a gunshot wound (GSW) to the left leg - severe.  He was evacuatred to England and returned to the 25th Battalion on the 25th August 1918.

The Hundred Days offensive further sapped the strength of the AIF, already under-strength due to earlier casualties and lack of reinforcements. In September, following the fighting at Beaurevoir on the Hindenburg Line, the 25th was one of several battalions ordered to disband to reinforce others. Its troops mutinied, winning the Battalion a temporary reprieve. But Stan was posted; briefly to the 26th Battalion on the 19th October (by which time the Australian Corps was largely in Reserve and then to the 27th on the 6th November within a week of hte war's end, and where he served out the remainder of his time 

Stan was moved to the UK for return to Australia in January 1919 and  returned to Australia on the ' Euripides'.

He was corresponding with Central Army Records Office in Melbourne as at March 1967. seeking the issue of the Gallipoli medallion and badge issued at that time, based on his service at Mudros which was part of the declared area of operations.  At the time he lived at No 3 Boskena Court, Jessie Road Kensington Park

Life Subscriber of RSL as at 17 January 1977 having joined in April 1919.  A member of Norwood sub branch his  RSL Badge No S16638 Min 1796

Occupation  - Accountant

Last known address: 3/303 Kensington Rd  Kensignton Park

1914/5 Star 2271  BWM 5814     Victory Medal 5764