CEF Soldier Detail

Private Harold Arnlev Orsten
Died: February 11, 1963

Regimental Number:
808028
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
137th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Orstein
Country:
Norway
Next of Kin:
Sven, Orsten, Enchant, Alberta, father
Address at Enlistment:
Enchant, Alberta
Date of Birth:
January 29, 1895
Trade or Calling:
Farmer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Calgary, Alberta
Date of Enlistment:
January 4, 1916
Age at enlistment:
21
Height:
5 Feet 4 Inches
Chest:
37 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Lutheran
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
See below notes
Date of Death:
February 11, 1963
Age at Death:
68
Buried at:
Ibbestad Cemetery, near Enchant, Alberta
Plot:
Commemorated:
Enchant, Alberta
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG150 Accession 1992 - 93/166 Box7490 - 44
Research Notes

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

Private Orsten enlisted in the 137th Overseas Battalion in Calgary and served overseas in France and Belgium with the 50th Battalion CEF..Pte Orsten saw action at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, and Canal du Nord. He was gassed in August 1917 and wounded in September 1918.  He received the DCM for gallantry at Cambrai in September 1918. With two other soldiers, he rushed an enemy machine gun position, killing 7 and capturing 20. This article was written up in the Lethbridge, Alberta Herald Nov. 11, 2011. Page 22. His picture in uniform is also there.

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 137th Battalion

Information inserted by SVP of Stettler, Alberta June 8, 2014. Source- Attestation document

DCM information obtained from Roll of Honour Project, Canada GenWeb.Org

Wife of Harold was Jennie Teresa Hagen, born 1897, died 1988, buried Ibbestad,, Alberta cemetery

Awards and Decorations
Distinguished Conduct Medal