James Ruland

James Ruland
A9301, 17665 (NAA)

Alias Nikolai Ihres (Ilwes) (information from his sister in Estonia)

Born 26.08.1891

Place Revel (Tallinn), Estonia or Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Estonian or Finnish

Religion Russian Orthodox (WWI), Roman Catholic (WWII)

Father Ian Ruland

Mother Anna Ruland


Wife Elsie Louisa Ruland (née Wykes), married 1918 in England; stepson Lawrence Gay Ruland (1916-1978), son James Ruland (1919-1919), daughter Patricia Olga Ruland (Smith), b. 1925

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in England for 2 years

Arrived at Australia
from Cardiff, UK
on 24.11.1915
per Salvatore Ciampa
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Kalgoorlie, WA

Occupation 1915 seaman, 1927 boarding house keeper; 1939 chef, 1940 cook

Service 1
service number 2362
enlisted 2.12.1915
POE Blackboy Hill, WA
unit 3rd Tunnelling Company
rank Sapper
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1918 (gassed)
final fate RTA 12.03.1920
discharged 7.05.1919 in England

Service 2 (WWII)
enlisted 1940
unit RAAF, 4 Aircraft Depot
rank Corporal
discharged 1945

Naturalisation 1939

Residence after the war Toodyay, Perth, Kalgoorlie, WA

Died 27.09.1968, Victoria Park, WA


Naturalisation (NAA)

Naturalisation certificate (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Digitised application for admission of relatives (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Digitised WWII service records (NAA)

Family tree on Ancestry.com

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Kalgoorlie recruiting. - Kalgoorlie Miner, 7 December 1915, p. 5.

Alleged assault. - The Daily News, Perth, 28 August 1928, p. 6.

Industrial court. - The West Australian, Perth, 10 December 1937, p. 33.