Victor Carlson-Vesala

AWM memorial panel 88

Alias Correct name Frans Viktor Vesala (Wesala)

Born 2.03.1883

Place Kepola, Koylio, Pori, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Religion Unitarian

Father Kalle Wesala

Mother Johanna Sophia Wesala

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 20.08.1905
per Myrtle Holme
disembarked at Hobart

Residence before enlistment Hobart, Adelaide

Occupation Seaman

service number 1670
enlisted 20.05.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 19th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA 1915
final fate KIA 14.11.1916
memorial 26 Villers-Bretonneux, France

Naturalisation 1913


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Red Cross wounded and missing file (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[Among casualties at the Somme] was Victor Carlson, 'a big Dane, over 6ft, fair, big moustache' (his real name was Frans Viktor Vesala, a seaman from the Finnish village of Koylio); he had survived being wounded at Gallipoli but after the battle of Flers was missing in action. His comrades later testified: 'In the advance at Flers [we] carried him into our trench badly wounded in the thigh by shell. He had lain out in the open all day and when we were out looking for ammunition at night, we heard him calling, and so we found him.' Stretcher-bearers could only reach the trench by the night, by which time the trench had been captured by the enemy and so his body was never recovered.