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Usko Leonard SALONEN

Regimental number596
Place of birthFinland
SchoolState School, Finland
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
AddressToward Street, Murrumbeena, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Gustaf Salonen, Sfoiagatan, No 10, Abo, Finland
Enlistment date20 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 RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialMessines Ridge British Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 9), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Gustav and Eda SALONEN. Native of Abo, Finland
Family/military connectionsUncle: 551 Sergeant Axell Alexander OLIN MM, 39th Bn, killed in action, Ploegsteert, 21 February 1918; Cousin: Bdr BROWN, 8th Field Battery, died of wounds, Messines, 6 August 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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