James Ruland

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
Naturalisation 1939
Residence after the war Toodyay, Perth, Kalgoorlie, WA
Died 27.09.1968, Victoria Park, WA

Service #1

Service number 2362
Enlisted 2.12.1915
Place of enlistment 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


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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.