Andelin, Eino, Putre, Aspelin, Oossoff

January 27, 2016

Karl Johannes Andelin

  • Karl Johannes Andelin, a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki), came to Sydney in December 1915 and enlisted in the AIF a month later.
  • He served with the 60th and 59th battalions on the Western Front. In April 1918 he was gassed but recovered and served to the end of the war.
  • After the war he lived in Sydney working as coal lumper.

Wilho Albinus Eino

  • Wilho Albinus Eino, a ship’s carpenter from Kiukainen in Finland, was living in Sydney by the time of his enlistment in the AIF.
  • In June 1916 he arrived in Egypt with reinforcements to the 1st Light Horse Regiment, got ill with otitis, and was returned to Australia with a diagnosis of deafness.
  • After the war he worked as a seaman in the USA.

John Putre

  • John Putre, a seaman from Libava (Liepaja) in Latvia, came to Australia in 1906 and lived in Sydney. His younger brother Andrew followed him to Australia several years later.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front, attaing the rank of Lance Corporal. He was wounded three times: in May 1917 at Bullecourt he was wounded in the knee; in April 1918 at Hazebrouck he was severely wounded in the chest, right arm and scalp. Recovering in England he returned to France and won a Military Medal for his bravery during the advance towards Bray and Chuignes. A few weeks later, at the advance south of Peronne he experienced shell concussion, with a rupture of eardrum. His brother, who enlisted in the AIF as well, was wounded a few days earlier.
  • After the war he married Agnes Victoria Stonehouse and lived in Sydney working as a seaman and coal lumper.

Karl Harry Aspelin

  • Karl Harry Aspelin, a Finnish sailor, by the time of his enlistment in the AIF, was living in Melbourne.
  • He served with the 8th Battalion on the Western Front; there he got sick with rheumatism and, while in the depot in England, escaped and was discharged as an illegal absentee.
  • After the war he settled in the USA, and had a family working as an engineer.

Fedor Michael Oossoff

  • Fedor Michael Oossoff, a Russian man from Sheremetevo in Simbirsk Province, came to Western Australia in 1911. He had the occupation of a bricklayer.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 57th Battalion on the Western Front, being later transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion where he served as a driver. In August 1918, at Chuignes, he was severely wounded in his left arm, both legs, head and chest.
  • In 1917, before he was despatched to the front from England, he met an English woman, Marion Knight, who worked as a waitress. They married in February 1918, and after he recovered from his wounds, they sailed to Australia together. They settled in Melbourne, where Fedor worked as a storeman and labourer.