Toivo Alexander Haapanen

Toivo Alexander Haapanen
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 14 August 1915, p. 23

Born 13.08.1886

Place Tammerfors (Tampere), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran (1st enlistment); Church of England (2nd enlistment)

Mother Josephina Haapanen


Wife Hannah Haapanen, b. Finland, son Eric b. 1916

Arrived at Australia
from South America
on 06.1913
per Kitty
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Portland, Cobbora, NSW; Thallon, Qld; 1917 Wynnum, Qld

Occupation Seaman

Service 1
service number 2374
enlisted 7.05.1915
POE Goondiwindi, Qld
unit 15th Battalion, Camel Corps, 18th Battalion (?)
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Egypt, 1916; England, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 13.02.1917
discharged 23.05.1917, 9 months home service

Service 2
enlisted 24.08.1918
POE Brisbane
unit AN&MEF
rank Private
place New Guinea and New Britain, 1918-1919
final fate RTA 5.08.1919
discharged 8.10.1919

Service 3 (WWII)
service number W74851
enlisted 4.08.1942
POE Broome, WA
unit 11 North West Battalion VDC
discharged 25.08.1944

Naturalisation 1918

Residence after the war 1919 Wynnum, Qld; 1935 Darwin; 1942 Broome, 1943 Derby, WA

Died 1962 Perth


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

WWII service records (NAA)

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[Among those] who served in New Britain was the Finnish seaman Toivo Haapanen; he had become sick while serving in Egypt with the Camel Corps but, after recovering in Australia, in August 1918 joined the AN&MEF and served for nearly ten months. Later, Haapanen will defend Australia for a third time -- during the Second World War.