Johanson, Rattus, Aho, Porinoff, Henrikson

January 8, 2016

Gustaf Johanson

  • Gustaf Johanson, a Finnish seaman, lived in Melbourne by the time of enlistment.
  • He served with the 21st battalion on the Western Front. In March 1917 he was wounded but recovered and returned to the trenches. In July 1918 he was killed in the battle near Amiens.
  • His family in Finland was found after the war and received his medals.

Richard Rattus

  • Richard Rattus, a baker from Estonia, came to Australia in 1913 and worked as a labourer.
  • Enlisting in Adelaide, he served with the 27th battalion on the Western Front. In May 1917, at Bullecourt, he was wounded in the leg and in September the same year he was wounded at Mennin Road for the second time, in the hand.
  • After the war he married Esther Ackolson and lived in Adelaide, working as a machinist.

Jacob Aho

  • Jacob Aho, a carpenter from Finland, arrived in Melbourne in January 1916 and immediatedly enlisted in the AIF.
  • Soon after that he disappeared, posted as a deserter, but was never found.

Alix Porinoff

  • Alix Porinoff, a Russian labourer, enlisted in the AIF in Sydney.
  • Soon he disappeared, posted as a deserter, but was never found.

Karl August Henrikson

  • Karl August Henrikson, a sailor from Lovisa in Finland, enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne.
  • Two weeks later he disappeared and was never found.