Hemming, Kinninen, Anderson, Michelson

August 8, 2017

Hemming Karl Hemming

  • Hemming Karl Hemming, a Finnish seaman from Abo (Turku), by the time of his enlistment lived in Melbourne, working as a turner.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he sailed with the 1st Pioneer Battalion for the Western Front, but became sick while in Liverpool and was returned to Australia.
  • He died in 1924 in Heidelberg, Victoria.

Kaarl Kinninen

  • Kaarl Kinninen, a Finnish seaman, enlisted in the AIF in Perth.
  • He served with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1918, during the Amiens advance, he was wounded in the leg and shoulder and repatriated to Australia.
  • After the war he returned to Western Australia and received a pension in 1920, but disappears from the records after that.

Harry Anderson

  • Harry Anderson, a Finn from Helsingfors (Helsinki), was farming in Western Australia.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Perth, he served with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Egypt.
  • After the war he returned to Western Australia.

John Victor Michelson

  • John Victor Michelson, a Latvian seaman, came to South Australia in 1912. He settled on Witera Station near Talia, working as a farm hand.
  • In April 1917 he enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide, and married Mary Irene White, a girl from Milang, a few months later; their first child was born when he was serving in the AIF overseas. He served with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment in Egypt.
  • After the war he took up farming in Olive Hill and Cungena, West Coast of South Australia, working as a carpenter and contractor. He and his wife raised a large family and two of their children served in the AIF in WWII. John himself enlisted in the AIF and served in a garrison battalion. After the war he was the president of the local sub-branch of the R.S.L. in Milang.