Fagerlund, Cantor, Petterssan, Vidura, Kaarna

February 25, 2016

Johan Peter Fagerlund

  • Johan Peter Fagerlund came to Australia from Finland, and by the time of his enlistment in the AIF was working as a labourer in Sydney, and had a family with an Australian girl, Ethel Rodgers.
  • He served with the 56th Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1916 he was wounded in the leg, but recovered and returned to the front.
  • After the war he lived in Bankstown, working as a labourer.

Adolph Conrad Cantor

  • Adolph Conrad Cantor, a Jewish man from Zagare in Lithuania, came to the USA as a young man and had a family there. In 1902 he came to Australia and was working as a draper.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Victoria, he went overseas with the 14th Battalion, was attached to the Administrative headquarters in London and later discharged there as medically unfit.
  • In 1917 he returned to Australia, where he married Elizabeth Margarette Williams, and was working in Melbourne as a storekeeper and draper.

August Severin Petterssan

  • August Severin Petterssan, a Finnish seaman, came to Australia in 1911 and lived in Melbourne working as a labourer.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 37th Battalion on the Western Front. In June 1917 he was wounded at Messines, but rejoined his battalion and was killed in October 1917 at Broodseinde, near Ypres.
  • His family in Finland was found after the war.

Carol Vidura

  • Carol Vidura, a seaman, said he was born in Warsaw, but his mother was probably a Romanian and lived in Romania. Carol came to Australia in 1914.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Adelaide, he served with the 50th Battalion on the Western Front. In September 1917 he was wounded in the leg at Polygon Wood and was returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he worked as a laborer and greaser in South Australia. He was married to an Australian girl, Evylen May Wright, and had five children; his elder son served during WWII on Borneo.

Gusta Kaarna

  • Gusta Kaarna, a seaman from Kotka in Finland, came to Australia in 1905 and worked as a carpenter and mill hand in Western Australia and was in Kalgoorlie by the time of his enlistment in the AIF.
  • A month after his enlistment he was discharged and disappears from the records after that.