Jacobsen, Ek, Anderson

May 22, 2015

Charles Jacobsen

  • Charles Jacobsen from Latvia came to Western Australia in 1903 and made his living as dray carter and kangaroo shooter.
  • Enlisting in the AIF on the same day as Aaltonen, he sailed to Gallipoli with the 28th Battalion. He received a shrapnel wound to the head in December 1915, at the very end of the Gallipoli campaign. Although he recovered in Egypt, his wound re-opened just before he was due to leave for the Western Front, and he died from a cerebral abscess.

Emil Ek

  • Emil Ek from Abo (Turku) in Finland came to South Australia in 1907.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 27th Battalion at Gallipoli and then with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion on the Western Front. He was killed at the battle for Mennin Road at Ypres in September 1917.

John Arthur Anderson

  • John Arthur Anderson from Vaasa in Finland came to Western Australia probably as a seaman in 1902. He spent some time on gold digging, worked as a labourer and on railway construction. In 1910 he married an Australian girl, Blanche Janes, and they settled in Marrinup in south-west Western Australia.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, Anderson came to Gallipoli with the reinforcements to the 16th Battalion and was severely wounded in the leg six days later during the Chunuk Bair Turkish attack in August 1915. He was evacuated to an English hospital and later returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he moved with his family to Perth and worked as a tarpaulin maker.