March 21, 2016
David Minor, a Jewish seaman from Vilna (Vilnius), came to Sydney in December 1915 and enlisted soon afterwards.
He served with the 1st Battalion on the Western Front. In April 1917 he was wounded in the leg at the battle at Doignes. Recovering, he returned to his battalion and was killed in May 1918.
His brother, living in the USA, was found after the war and received his medals.
Edward Lindelof, a seaman from Raumo in Finland, came to Australia in 1909 and worked in South Australia.
Enlisting in the AIF in Bathurst, he served with the 1st Battalion on the Western Front. In April 1917 he was wounded in the neck and arm together with Minor. Returning to the front he was wounded in September 1917 at Mennin Road near Ypres.
He returned to Australia after the war, continued seafaring and died in Samarai in New Guinea in 1932.
Johannes Tois, an Estonian seaman from the Piarnu area, enlisted in the AIF in Bathurst together with Lindelof.
He served with the 53rd Battalion on the Western Front. In September 1917 he was wounded in the head in Polygon Wood near Ypres and died of wounds the following day.
His father was found in Estonia after the war and received his medals.
Franz Hjalmar Jansson
Franz Hjalmar Jansson, a seaman from Naantali in Finland, came to Australia in 1905 and worked as a stevedore and seaman.
He enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide, was allocated to the 3rd Pioneer Battalion, but left his ship on the way to the front, in Fremantle.
No information about his later life has been found.
Einar Johansson, another Finnish seaman, from Abo (Turku), was in Australia since 1911. He enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide, probably together with Jansson.
He served with the 7th Field Company Engineers on the Western Front, attaining the rank of corporal.
After the war he lived in Semaphore in South Australia, working as a seaman.