Adolf Sven Adolfsson

Adolf Sven Adolfsson
(Courtesy of Porvoo Museum, Finland)

Adolf Sven Adolfsson's Military Medal with Bar
Porvoo Museum
(Images courtesy of Jukka Illman)

Ship model built by Adolf Sven Adolfsson in 1964
(Jukka Illman's collection)

Born 1892

Place Kråkö, Porvoo, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Father Gustave Adolfsson


Wife Matilda Adolfsson*

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Melbourne

Occupation 1916 sailor, after 1926 ship agent, after 1945 foreman at the sawmill*

Service 1
service number 5291
enlisted 11.02.1916
POE Melbourne
unit 24th Battalion
rank Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1916-1918
awards MM (LG 14.01.18) and bar to MM (LG 11.02.19)
discharged 7.04.1919 in England

Service 2 (WWII, Finland Army*)
enlisted 18.01.1940
POE Finland
unit Legion of American Finns
rank Sergeant Major
discharged 24.05.1940

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war sailing until 1926, Ykspihlaja, Kokkola, and Kråkö, Finland*

Died 1983, Porvoo, Finland*


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award 1 2 (AWM)

* Information from Jukka Illman

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Finnish former sailor, L/Cpl Adolf Adolfsson, had received the Military Medal for his gallantry at Daisy Wood (October 1917), as a machine-gunner; here [near Péronne], he was awarded a bar to his Military Medal, this time stretcher-bearing. 'For 25 hours ... [Adolfsson] worked without a rest over ground continually swept by shell and M.G. fire, dressing and carrying the wounded, and refused to rest until all his Coy. casualties have been disposed of. His initiative and knowledge of German proved invaluable in this action, for he organised squads of prisoners and helped them at work for hours Stretcher Bearing.'

Jukka Illman's records:

After leaving the Army in 1919 Sven continued sailing until 1926. He returned to Finland and started working as a ship agent in Yxpila Port of the town Kokkola on the western coast of Finland. He served in the Legion of American Finns in the Finnish Army during the Second World War, attaining the high rank of Company Sergeant Major. After the war he returned to Kokkola and was a foreman in a local sawmill. He was known as a great story teller in Kokkola and also in Kråkö, Porvoo, on the southern coast of Finland, where he moved after retiring in 1963. He lived in Kråkö with his wife Matilda, who passed away in the year 1972. Sven was famous for building model ships, for his stories and for being very sporty all his life. He walked every day around the island, a distance of more than three miles, and he skied more than 300 miles every winter.