Arvo Tornroos

Name   Arvo Tornroos

Number    Private 6908A

Battalion    24th Battalion

Place of Birth Rauma Finland, then part of Russia

Next of Kin   His father, Johan Tornroos

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 9/6/1917

Physical details on enlistment   Age 25 years and 9 months, 5’10 ½ “, 156 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farm hand

Date and place of death

He was killed in action on 5/10/1918

Location of grave or memorial

Calvaire Cemetery Montbrehain France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He enlisted in and had lived in the local area 

Military History

He was born in Finland which was part of Russia at the time of World War 1. He arrived in Australia on 4/6/1913

  • 9/6/17 He enlisted in Melbourne.
  • 21/11/17 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Nestor
  • 15/12/17 He disembarked Suez
  • 8/1/18 He embarked Alexandria
  • 13/1/18 He disembarked at Taranto
  • 24/1/18 He disembarked at Southampton
  • 27/3/18 he was sick with meningitis
  • 11/6/18 He was back in service
  • 12/7/18 He went to France
  • 27/7/18 He was wounded in action by gas and admitted to hospital in Le Harve
  • 7/9/18 He was discharged from hospital
  • 14/7/18 He rejoined his unit
  • 12/10/18 He was killed in action
  • He worked for Mr. and Mrs. McPherson of Wooreen via Leongatha and they were caring for his horse
  • There was difficulty communicating with his parents as they were in Finland but eventually information was obtained and his estate given to his mother.
  • There were two soldiers from Finland who were living in the Leongatha district. The other was Oscar Saario. Oscar returned to the Leongatha area and his descendants are still living in the region.

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