John Paakola

Born 12.12.1889

Place Uleaborg (Oulu), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Lutheran

Father Mikael Paakola


Wife Charlotte Paakola (nee Oborn)

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in Norway for 3 years, in Sweden for 2 years, in France for 1 year

Arrived at Australia
from Dunkirk
on 15.04.1914
per Loch Keal (Lokhi?)
disembarked at Wallaroo, SA

Residence before enlistment Adelaide, East West Railway line, Hammock Hill via Port Pirie, SA

Occupation Labourer

service number 1969
enlisted 11.02.1916
POE Adelaide
unit 48th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 21.12.1917
discharged 27.02.1918 MU

Naturalisation 1926

Residence after the war Hammock Hill, Port Pirie, SA, Broken Hill, NSW, Strathalbyn, Haslam, Streaky Bay, Port Adelaide, SA

Died 14.11.1954, Springbank, South Australia


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Army pay file (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Family tree on

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Man committed for sentence. - News, Adelaide, 13 February 1933, p. 3.

Mitchell D.G. "Backs to the wall". - The Northern Champion, Taree, 12 November 1938, p. 8.

Mitchell D.G. This war - And the last. A digger's reactions. - The Mail, Adelaide, 14 October 1939, p. 4.