Posted 08 January 2006 - 03:43 am
From the 2/Auckland War Diary for the period. I wonder if the date of arrival in France is correct as 2/Auckland arrived in France on 17 April 1916 and entrained north the next day. If the date of arrival in France was infact 7 July, then any wounds or illness he had almost cetrainly "came with him" from Egypt.
The regiment first went into the trenches at Armentieres on 14 May, suffering its first casualties during an 8 day "stint" (2 KIA, 7 wounded) . Returned to the trenches 20 June and by 8 July had taken 13 OR KIA, 3 Officers and 54 OR wounded. Skoglund is not listed as one of the 3 Officers.
Even though in civialian life he was a dentist, he appears to me to have served as a combatant in the Auckland Regiment. I note you refer to him as serving as a dentist, but I cannot confirm this and cannot find reference to him in the Medical history.
I cannot find a reference to him in the 1/Auckland War Diary for early 1916.
In the Official histories I can't see any reference to a German gas attack around early July 1916 on the Armentieres sector.
It is interesting that the NZEF records you have refer to "neurasthemia" - suspect this is a typo in the records as neuroasthenia is essentially a general term for various neurological symptoms including shell shock and battle fatigue, nervous system effects of head trauma, and the nervous system symptoms following exposure to Mustard gas.
With regard to gas in the Armentieres area in early - mid 1916, there was a significant German gas attack on the Messines sector of the line on April 30th 1916. Messines is very close to Armentieres, so if he was in France in April, it is possible he was affected in this gas attack, being only admitted to hospital later. Having said that, no mention in the diaries and roughly 10 weeks between exposure and admission to hospital. Also it is important to note that Mustard gas was not involved - this type was only introduced in 1917.
Hope this helps a bit!