Atolf Aleksanter Aalto


Born 2.09.1893

Place Nystad (Uusikaupunki), Turku, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Father Atolf Aleksanters Aalto

Arrived at Australia
from Sweden
on 26.12.1912
per Bertha
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Nar Nar Goon and Eaglehawk, Gippsland, Victoria

Occupation Miner

Service
service number 3676
enlisted 29.07.1915
POE Bendigo, Vic
unit 5th Battalion
rank Private
place Western front, 1916-1918
awards MM LG 21.10.1918
final fate RTA 5.04.1919
discharged 10.07.1919

Naturalisation 1915

Materials

Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award 1 2 3 4 (AWM)

Group portrait of B Company of the 5th Battalion with A.A. Aalto. E03936 (AWM)

Personal case file (NAA)

Atolf Aleksanter Aalto in Anzac Diversity, educational resource (AWM)

Blog article

Russian

English

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

During the German attack near Strazeele on 14 June 1918 Aalto realised that his platoon's Lewis gun-post 'was depending on his protection of the flank, [and] ... continued to work with his gun, caused the enemy many casualties and prevented them from getting round the flank of the platoon post', wrote his commanding officer, adding the lively detail, 'After having fired 600 rounds his gun was red hot and stopped'.