Vaino Armos Balhorn

Alias Ballhorn (AIF); William Balhorn (naturalisation)

Born 27.04.1888

Place Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish / Dannish

Religion Church of England

Father Henry Balhorn (Danish); stepfather Brynold Lindholm

Mother Maria Arosin


Wife Gladys Louisa (nee Smith) Balhorn, married 1922 Sydney; sons Sydney Gordon b. 1923 and Allan Vardy b. 1927, both served in the AIF during WWII

Residence before arrival at Australia At sea for 2 years

Arrived at Australia
from Western Mexico
on 27.07.1911
per Sailing vessel
disembarked at Newcastle, NSW

Residence before enlistment Sydney, Muswellbrook, NSW

Occupation 1915 Railway worker, 1921 Naval store officer

service number 2001
enlisted 26.07.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 7th Light Horse Regiment; 13th FAB, 51st Battery
rank Gunner, Signaller
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
awards 9.04.1917 MID (1.06.1917 LG)
final fate RTA 22.05.1917
discharged 23.08.1917

Naturalisation 1921

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 1970 Yarra, Victoria


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Ballhorn)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM)

Australian Imperial Force Headquarters (London) ... 2001 Signaller V A Balhorn (AWM)

Personal case file WWI (NAA)

Honours and Awards - Imperial Service Medals ... BALHORN, Vaino Asmas (NAA)

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Newspaper articles

Two awards given to govt. men. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 July 1954, p. 13