Morga, Airikka, Prap, Forsblom

April 20, 2017

Stefan Morga

  • Stefan Morga, a Pole from Częstochowa, came to Sydney in 1915 and worked as a blacksmith.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in March 1917, but deserted a month later.
  • In 1922, as a result of a confrontation, he killed another Russian immigrant in Cairns, and was wounded himself, becoming blind. He was sentenced to hard labour for life, but was later released due to his blindness. In 1946 his vision returned and he worked in Wongaville Colliery in NSW.

Kansta Airikka

  • Kansta Airikka, a Finnish ship’s carpenter from Vyborg area, came to Australia in 1913.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Kempsey, NSW, and allocated to the 1st Pioneer Battalion, he missed embarkation. Moving to Victoria, he reenlisted, but was discharged a month later.
  • After the war he moved to Sydney, working as a carpenter. During WWII he enlisted in the AIF, worked in the Army workshop, and died in an incident while serving in 1940.

Michael Prap

  • Michael Prap, a Polish seaman from Warsaw, came to Port Pirie in South Australia in March 1917 and enlisted a few days later.
  • He served with the 43rd Battalion on the Western Front. He was wounded for the first time in April 1918, but continued his service. In July 1918 at the battle for Hamel he was severely wounded for the second time, was evacuated to England and had his leg amputated.
  • After the war he lived in South Australia.

Swen Walter Forsblom

  • Swen Walter Forsblom, a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki), like Prap came to Port Pirie in South Australia in March 1917 and enlisted a few days later.
  • He served with the 48th Battalion on the Western Front.
  • After the war he continued working as a seaman and labourer. During WWII he enlisted in the AIF and served in the garrison battalion.