Eriksson, Sundell, Andstrom

May 31, 2017

Eric Waldemar Eriksson

  • Eric Waldemar Eriksson, a Finnish sailor from Helsingfors (Helsinki), came to Australia in 1915 and enlisted in the AIF in Tamworth.
  • He sailed for Egypt with the reinforcements to 1st Light Horse Regiment, but on the way there became sick and stayed in hospital in Colombo, serving later in the Signal Service Depot in Poona, India. In April 1918 he finally reached Egypt and served in the Light Horse Regiment and as a stores guard in Duran.
  • After the war he worked as a coal miner and tried to enlist during WWII.

Andrew Sundell

  • Andrew Sundell, a Finnish sailor and carpenter from Wasa, came to South Australia in December 1916.
  • Three months later he enlisted in the AIF in Port Pirie. He was not sent overseas, having some AWLs and being court martialled.
  • After the war he lived in South Australia, working on the farms as a saddler and occasionally getting into the trouble with police for disorderly behaviour and drunkenness.

Victor Ellis Andstrom

  • Victor Ellis Andstrom, a Finnish carpenter from Bramarf, came to Western Australia in 1910; in 1913 he married an Australian girl, Margaret Kennedy.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front. In June 1918 he was gassed, but continued his service to the end of war.
  • After the war he continued working as a carpenter and then as a building contractor, enlisting in the AIF during WWII.