Jarl Oswald Bostrom, a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki), came to Australia in 1916.
He enlisted in the AIF in Newcastle and served with the 34th Battalion on the Western Front. In June 1917 he was wounded at Messines and in October 1917 gassed at Passchendaele. During the next year he was twice a casualty: in May 1918 he was gassed and then wounded in the leg in July 1918.
After the war he settled in Sydney, continuing his occupation as a fireman. In 1922 he married an Australian girl, Adeline Violet Stanley; they had four sons, but his wife died in 1928 and Jarl would continue to commemorate her in newspaper advertisements on the anniversaries of her death. Their two sons served in the AIF in WWII.
Frans Albert Nyblom, another Finnish seaman from Bromarv, came to Australia in 1913.
He enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne and served with the 38th Battalion on the Western Front. A month after his arrival to the front, in December 1916, he was wounded in the leg at Armentieres and taken POW. He survived and was returned to Australia in 1919.
After the war he married Norah Parfery and lived with his family in Melbourne, working as a seaman. During WWII he served in the Volunteer Defence Corps, while his son Francis Alfred served on Bougainville Island.