Erik Reinhold Katajisto

Erik Reinhold Kay
WWII service records (NAA)

Alias 'better known as Erik Kay'

Born 24.05.1896

Place Abo (Turku), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Church of England and Lutheran (WWI); Presbyterian (WWII)

Father Emil Katajisto

Mother Paulina Katajisto


Wife Hilda Sofia Katajisto (nee Simpson), married 1920, Victoria; children: Reinhold John, b. 1922, served in AIF, WWII, Selma Paulina, b. 1930, Eric Nils, b. 1932

Arrived at Australia
from Fredrikstad, Norway
on 18.10.1914
per Pera
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Outtrim, Vic.

Occupation 1916 bootmaker; farmer; 1942 bookmaker

Service 1
service number 1894
enlisted 28.01.1916
POE Korumburra, Vic
unit 21st Battalion, 46th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 15.06.1919
discharged 2.09.1919

Service 2 (WWII)
service number 128115
enlisted 16.03.1943
POE Melbourne
unit 1 Egineering School, RAAF
rank Leading Aircraftman
discharged 20.05.1945

Naturalisation 1942

Residence after the war Melbourne, South Gippsland, 1942 Foster, Vic.

Died 1959, Fitzroy, Vic.


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Court martial file (NAA) (Karajisto)

Alien registration file (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

WWII service records (NAA) (Kay, Erik Reinhold)

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Newspaper articles

Woodburn news. - The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, NSW , 19 August 1919, p. 2.