Usko Leonard Salonen

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
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Service #1

Service number 596
Enlisted 20.03.1916
Place of enlistment 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


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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'.