Chapman Valley History

Karl Wikstrom

4624, Private Karl WIKSTROM
Unit: 51st Battalion, AIF, (formerly with 11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcements)

Where Born: Abo, (Turku) Finland (Russian subject)
Address: Geraldton, Western Australia
Occupation: Sailor
Religion: Lutheran
Marital status: Single
Parents: Father, Mr Karl Wikstrom, Abo, Finland
Description: Height 5’ 11¾”; weight 160 lbs; chest 37/40”; fresh complexion;
blue eyes; light brown hair 

War Service: Karl enlisted 26 Oct 1915, at Blackboy Hill WA, aged 25 years 10 months. He embarked 12 Feb 1916 per HMAT Miltiades from Fremantle, WA and disembarked Suez, Egypt 10 Mar 1916. Karl transferred from the 3rd Training Battalion 19 Apr 1916 and proceeded to Alexandria, Egypt, disembarking at Marseilles, France 12 Jun 1916. The battalion’s first major battle on the Western Front was at the Battle of Mouquet Farm 14 Aug to 03 Sep 1916. The Australians suffered significant losses, equivalent to two thirds of its total strength. On 16 Aug 1916, Karl was admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds to the hip and abdomen.
Died of Wounds: 17 Aug 1916 at Mouquet Farm, France, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardy, France
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal