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Arthur John SAVOLAINAN

Regimental number4228
Place of birthKurkijoki, Finland
Place of birthKexholm, Finland
SchoolKexholm School, Finland
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionLatter Day Saints
OccupationSailor
AddressViolet Ruthburg, 5 Byrne Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Christina Savolainan, Kixholm, Finland, Russia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 December 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSurname Savolainen on ROH.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. I), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
164
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Christiana SAVOLAINAN (as spelt), Kexholm, Finland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 57th Bn, Hogs Back, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Rue du Bois Cemetery by Reverend G.W.B. Statt, no date stated.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAVOLAINAN Arthur John

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