Otto Harold Soderholm

Otto Harold Soderholm
Otto looking dapper
OTTO HAROLD SODERHOLM was born on 20 September 1891 in Abo Finland, his parents were Otto Albert Soderholm and Ida Emilia Engblom.
Otto was baptised on the 29 Sep 1891 in Kumlinge, Ahvenanmaa, Finland.
Otto arrived in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia on the 1st June 1914 on the ship Gezina which arrived the day before after an tempestuous voyage from South America.
In 1916 he was living in Nirranda where he was naturalised and joined the Army and in 1917 went to war.
He married Nellie Doreen SHEPHERDSON on 24 June 1925 in Foster, Victoria. They had five children in 12 years. He died on 7 January 1953 in Alberton, Victoria, at the age of 61.

3 June 2017

Family Tree
Starting with Otto Harold's father Otto Albert

27 February 2016

Nirranda Honour Roll

There was a newspaper article I found on TROVE that led me to search for this Nirranda Honor Roll. It is the only one I could find.
The Newspaper Article was regarding the unveiling of the Honor Roll listing 100 men from the Nirranda district who were "playing their part in the Great War" and  there was a speech in the Warrnambool Standard Tuesday 5th March 1918 (pg3).
At the time of print out of the 100 men 14 had been killed and 36 wounded.
My grandfather O.H. Soderholm is in the middle row 2nd from the bottom.
He left Europe 7th July 1919 on the S.S.Chemnitz  and arrived in Melbourne on 12th August 1919.

[Otto later re-enlisted and joined WW2]

19 March 2015

Merchant Seaman

Otto's seafaring life (Stories to come soon)

1914 - The Gezina Uruguay to Newcastle

1909 - The Orient Korpo to London

1907 - The Zamora London to Sydney

1907 - The Andorinha

List of Merchant Seaman Finnish Seaman's House Turku

15 March 2015

Army Life

WW2 Service

Australian War Memorial

Discovering ANZACS

Warnambool Standard 1 Feb 1917

WW1 & WW2 files have been amalgamated.

1.  SS  Suevic:  1st June 1917 disembarking 26 August 1917 in Liverpool, England

Embarked 17 July 1919 and embarking in Melbourne 5th September 1919

Troops Returning on SS Chemnitz - The Argus Tuesday 12 September 1919
Left England July 7