Adolf Saarijarvi, a Finn from Orivesi, came to Australia in 1902 and worked as a labourer and selector in South Gippsland and Chinchilla.
Enlisting in the AIF in Toowoomba, he served with the 4th Pioneer Battalion on the Western Front. He was awarded the Military Medal for courage and ‘presence of mind’ at the battle of Dernancourt in April 1918. In August 1918, at the Amiens advance, he was wounded in the arm.
While in hospital in England, he met and married a Finnish woman, Anna Janne Tuomisto, but his heath remained poor and a month later he died of flu, meningitis and wound complications with his new wife by his side. After the war she moved to Queensland.
Karl William Nummelin, a Finnish seaman from Abo (Turku), enlisted in the AIF in Cootamundra.
He served with the 17th Battalion on the Western Front. In May 1917 he was wounded in the head at Bullecourt; four months later he was wounded in his side at Mennin Road near Ypres; for the third time he was wounded at Perrone in August 1918, but returned to his battalion and served to the very end of the war.
After the war he moved to San Francisco and continued working on the ships as a carpenter. During WWII he tried to enlist in the American army.