Arthur Saari

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
Naturalisation 1923
Residence after the war Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle, New Zealand, Melbourne, Port Melbourne
Died 1953, Port Melbourne, Vic.

Service #1

Service number 2402
Enlisted 8.01.1916
Place of enlistment 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


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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'.