Arthur Saari

Arthur Saari (right)
Service records B2455 (NAA)

Alias Arthur Island

Born 22.03.1891

Place Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Church of England

Father Adolf Saari

Mother Wilhelmina Saari


Wife Helen Grace Thompson

Arrived at Australia
on 18.06.1912
per Fahrwohl
disembarked at Hobart (naturalisation); Melbourne (Russian consul's information)

Residence before enlistment Adelaide

Occupation Seaman, labourer, confectioner

service number 2402
enlisted 8.01.1916
POE Adelaide
unit 32nd Battalion, 48th Battalion, 12th MG Company, 4th MG Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1919
awards 4.10.1916 DCM (LG 20.10.1916)
final fate RTA 15.06.1919
discharged 2.09.1919

Naturalisation 1923

Residence after the war Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle, New Zealand, Melbourne, Port Melbourne

Died 1953, Port Melbourne, Vic.


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Digitised recommendation for award 1 2 3 4 5 (AWM)

Army payfile (NAA)

Personal case file 1 2 (NAA)

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

It was also here [Mouquet Farm] that the Finn Arthur Saari won the Distinguished Conduct Medal when, 'acting as a runner, [he] worked his way through heavy enemy barrage and although twice buried by exploding shells, he preserved and successfully delivered a most important message'.