John Henry Nelson

Born 16.01.1890

Place Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion 1917 Methodist; 1941 Church of England

Father Samuel Karkkainen*


Wife Vera Constance Nelson (née Pearce Hooper), married 1919; son Clyde Melville John Nelson, b. 1919

Residence before arrival at Australia Left Finland ca 1907, worked as a sailor on British ships

Arrived at Australia
from America
on 18.12.1916
per Ellsie
disembarked at Port Pirie, SA

Residence before enlistment Stepney, Port Adelaide, SA

Occupation 1917 seaman AB, 1919 seaman, trade sailor, labourer, 1941 labourer

Service 1
service number 6861
enlisted 21.07.1917
POE Port Adelaide, SA
unit 27th Battalion, 48th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1918
casualties WIA 1918
final fate RTA 8.08.1918
discharged 15.11.1918 MU

Service 2 (WWII)
service number S2917
enlisted 17.07.1941
POE Wayville, SA
unit P O W
discharged 10.10.1941

Naturalisation 1919

Residence after the war Adelaide, 1941 Torrensville, SA

Died 2.11.1956, Adelaide


Digitised naturalisation file (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Army payfile (NAA)

WWII service records (NAA)

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