Emil Dahlstrom

Alias Emil Dahlstram (service WWI), Emil William (Wilhelm) Dahlstrom
Born 19.07.1894
Place Finnby, Ekenas, Finland
Ethnic origin Finnish / Swedish
Religion Church of England
Father Gustav Johan Dahlstrom
Mother Erica Wilhelmina

Wife Winifred Ada Dahlstrom (née Jones), married 1929 Nowra

Arrived at Australia from Buenos Aires, Argentina
on 11.12.1914
per Pharos
disembarked at Sydney
Residence before enlistment Brisbane
Occupation 1915 sailor, 1922 carpenter, 1936, 1945 PMG linesman
Naturalisation 1936
Residence after the war Brisbane, Bomaderry via Nowra

Service #1

Service number 1668
Enlisted 21.05.1915
Place of enlistment Brisbane
Unit 26th Battalion, 7th MG Company, 2nd MG Battalion
Rank Private
Place Gallipoli, 1915, Western Front, 1916-1919
Casualties WIA 1917
Awards MM (LG 17/06/1919)
Final fate RTA 8.04.1919
Discharged 19.07.1919

Service #2 – WWII

Service number N339869
Enlisted 19.06.1942
Place of enlistment Nowra, NSW
Unit 13 Battalion VDF Corps
Discharged 15.09.1945


Digitised naturalisation 1 2 (NAA) (Dahlstrom)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Dahlstram)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Dalilstrom)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM) (Dahlstrom)

WWII service records (NAA) (Dahlstrom)

Purchase of property Bomaderry NSW (NAA) (Dahlstrom)

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Newspaper articles

Wedding bells. Dahlstrom - Jones. - The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser, 18 May 1929, p. 1

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Emil Dahlstram, a Finnish former sailor, became a hero in the battle for the town [of Péronne] although he had not always been an exemplary soldier. Enlisting at 20 years of age, he served through Gallipoli and most of the Western Front battles, running up a number of offences along the way -- being absent without leave several times and disobeying orders. In this advance he acted 'as a section runner', his duty being to maintain communication between the advancing troops and Infantry Battalion Headquarters at the rear, which meant frequently having to pass through very heavy artillery and machine-gun (M.G.) fire. At one stage some wounded men were left stranded in front of the line, owing to a temporary withdrawal east of Mont St Quentin, where the men were. 'On learning this, and not being able to obtain stretcher bearers, Pte. Darlstrom [sic] went forward into no man's land and carried in a wounded man; this action he repeated no less than six times, thus bringing seven wounded men to cover under heavy M.G. and rifle fire.' Dahlstram was awarded the Military Medal.