Green, Lauren, Peterson, Steinberg, Hanson

August 24, 2017

Michael Green

  • Michael Green, a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki), came to South Australia in 1895 and by the time of his enlistment in the AIF worked as a wharf labourer and sailmaker.
  • Enlisting in Port Augusta in May 1917, he was discharged five months later as ‘overage’ (he was 45 by that time).
  • It was not possible to trace his life after the war.

Karl Walter Wilhelm Lauren

  • Karl Walter Wilhelm Lauren, a Finn from Abo (Turku), came to Australia in about 1910 and was working as a labourer in South Australia.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Adelaide he served with the 43rd Battalion on the Western Front. In July 1918 he was severely wounded and died of wounds a day later.
  • His mother was found after the war in Finland.

Gustaf Adolph Peterson

  • Gustaf Adolph Peterson, a Finnish carpenter from Vyborg, settled in Newcastle and married an Australian girl Johanna Kelly in 1907; they had five children. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he was living in Brisbane.
  • He enlisted for the first time in November 1916 and was allocated to the Naval Bridging Train. In May 1917, when the unit was disbanded, he reenlisted and served as a sapper with the 8th Field Company Engineers on Western Front.
  • After the war he moved to Sydney, where he continued working as a carpenter. His sons Gustave Reinhold and Eric served in the AIF in WWII.

Jack Steinberg

  • Jack Steinberg, a Jewish man from Odessa or Brest, worked in Perth as a cabinet maker. He was married.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in May 1917, but was discharged two months later for medical reasons.
  • After the war he lived in Brisbane. In 1944 he committed suicide.

Hugo Hanson

  • Hugo Hanson, a Finnish seaman from Lovisa, came to Australia in about 1915.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Sydney, he served with the 17th Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1918 he was killed at the Amiens advance.
  • His family was found in Finland after the war.