Usko Leonard Salonen

Alias Oscar
Born 1887
Place Abo (Turku), Finland
Ethnic origin Finnish
Religion Church of England
Father Gustav Salonen
Mother Eda Salonen
Contacts Uncle [Axel Alexander Olin](../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'.