Otto Winter

Otto Winter
Courtesy of Alona Tester

Alias Otto Rafael Winter (original name); Otto George Winter (WWII); Rafael; George

Born 27.02.1880

Place Helsingfors (Helsinki), Finland

Ethnic origin Finnish

Religion Church of England

Father Otto Edvard Winter

Mother Hedvig Karolina Winter (née Winblad)


Wife Irene Winter (née Daley), married 1915 at Woodville, SA; children: Harold Roy, b. 1915; Mavis June, b. 1920; Valda Irene, b. 1921; Joyce Elaine, b. 1923; Betty, b. 1925

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 5.02.1907
per Star of New Zealand
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Queensland and NSW, Sydney, South Richmond, Vic., South Australia

Occupation 1916 seaman, fireman, 1942 fitter

Service 1
service number 1434
enlisted 14.02.1916
POE Casula, NSW
unit 1st Tunnelling Coy, 50th Battalion
rank Sapper
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1918 (twice)
final fate RTA 12.05.1919
discharged 21.08.1919

Service 2 (WWII)
service number S67409
enlisted 5.04.1942
POE Adelaide, SA
unit 1 Bn VDC
discharged 15.10.1945

Naturalisation 1909

Residence after the war Adelaide

Died 31.08.1961 at Springbank, SA, buried at Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, SA


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Digitised Army payfile (NAA)

Digitised WWII service records (NAA)

Information from Alona Tester, great granddaughter

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From Alona Tester's letter:

"Otto spent the last few years of his life at the T.P.I. (Total & Permanently Incapacitated) place for Ex-Servicemen and Women. He suffered mustard gas poisoning during the war, and it affected him later in life".