Gustav Alfred DOHNT


DOHNT, Gustav Alfred

Service Number: 4272
Enlisted: 10 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Palmer, South Australia, 11 March 1881
Home Town: Palmer, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Palmer Public School
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Flers, France, 5 November 1916, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mannum War Memorial, Palmer War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4272, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4272, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4272, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4272, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Information as been received in Adelaide that Private Alfred Dohnt was killed in action in France on November 5. He  was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Dohnt, and was born at Palmer on March 11, 1881. He was educated at the Palmer school and served his apprenticeship as a blacksmith. Later he joined the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, and worked for several years in Broken Hill and Melbourne. Prior to his enlistment he was employed at the Bowden gasworks. He  was a keen motorist, and in former years  an enthusiastic member of the Mitcham  Cycling Club. He carried off many trophies. He left Adelaide on March 9 with the 10th  reinforcements of the 27th Battalion. After  a few weeks in Egypt he left for France,  and was the first soldier from the Palmer district to fall in battle. A young brother, Trooper Herman Dohnt, went through the  Gallipoli campaign and was twice wounded.  He is now with the Light Horse in Egypt." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 30 Dec 1916 (