Thomas Baer

Born 1891

Place Lappa (Lapua), Vaasa, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Mother Hilda Baer


Wife Violet (nee Green) Baer, married in England in 1919 and returned to Australia with wife

Arrived at Australia
on 31.10.1910
per Karoola
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1910 ship's engineer, 1914 horse driver, 1930 labourer

service number 155
enlisted 29.08.1914
POE Randwick, Sydney
unit 1st Battalion, 53rd Battalion, 54th Battalion, 56th Battalion
rank Private, Corporal, Sergeant
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1915
final fate RTA 12.03.1920
discharged 8.01.1919 in England

Naturalisation Enlisted as naturalised British subject

Residence after the war Sydney


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.