Usko Leonard Salonen

AWM memorial panel 131

Alias Oscar

Born 1887

Place Abo (Turku), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Church of England

Father Gustav Salonen

Mother Eda Salonen


Uncle Axel Alexander Olin, enlisted together

Arrived at Australia
on circa 1905

Residence before enlistment Murrumbeena, Vic

Occupation Seaman

service number 596
enlisted 20.03.1916
POE Melbourne
unit 39th Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate KIA 8.06.1917
cemetery 168 Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Red Cross wounded and missing file (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] The next thing the Red Cross would usually be told was whose 'mate' the missing man was. [...] According to W. Clark, Salonen 'was a Russian Finn enlisted in Melbourne, a very clever signaller and a good mate'.