Frans Albert Nyblom

Born 16.05.1887

Place Bromarv, Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Church of England

Father Rederick Nyblom

Mother Eva Saderland (Soderlund)


Wife Norah Nyblom (Parfrey), married 1920, son Nyblom, Francis Alfred, b.1924

Arrived at Australia
from Liverpool, England
on 18.12.1913
per Celtecglaw
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Melbourne

Occupation 1916 sailor, 1942 able seaman, ships officer

Service 1
service number 1891
enlisted 29.02.1916
POE Melbourne
unit 38th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA, POW 1916
final fate RTA 31.01.1919
discharged 11.08.1919 MU

Service 2 (WWII)
service number V353219
enlisted 28.031942
POE Kensington, Vic.
unit 1 st Bn, VDC
discharged 7.10.1945

Naturalisation 1920

Residence after the war Melbourne


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Red Cross wounded and missing file (AWM)

Red Cross POW file (AWM)

Statement as POW (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Digitised WWII service records (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

During the winter months of 1916-17 the Australian 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Divisions were holding positions near Gueudecourt, engaged in what the official history referred to as 'minor operations'. [...] The Finnish seaman Frans Albert Nyblom tells about one such 'minor' operation at Armentières one night in December: 'I was with a party of Bombers ... Our objective was to enter the enemy trenches, remain there 15 minutes, do as much damage as possible and then return.' No sooner had they started to cut the wire than enemy machine-guns opened up and the Australians were pinpointed by the search-lights, although they still managed to throw a few bombs. Every member of this party of eight was killed or wounded, and it was believed Nyblom had been killed, too. Sergeant W.S. Roe gave evidence, saying: 'Nyblom, I am almost sure, was immediately in front of me. In fact his body must have received several bullets that were intended for me. I have no doubt that that person was killed.' Others saw him 'absolutely riddled with bullets'. Nyblom did survive, however; wounded in the foot, he lay out on no-man's-land until morning, when he was found by the Germans and taken prisoner.