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Axel Alexander OLIN

Regimental number551
Place of birthFinland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMurrumbeena, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinBrother, John Olin (known as John Brown), Toward Street, Murumbeena, Victoria
Enlistment date18 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 21 February 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Axell Alexander Olin on NR
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialBerks Cemetery Extension (Rosenberg Plateau Plots) (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 23), Ploegsteert, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Gustav and Anna OLIN

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action East of YPRES on 12th October 1917. This N.C.O. did magnificent work in searching for and bringing in wounded at considerable risk to himself, the Area being swept by enemy shell and machine gun fire. He set a fine example of courage and cheerfulness which had a beneficial effect on the men he was leading.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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