Alexander Emil OLSSON

OLSSON, Alexander Emil

Service Numbers: Officer, S69766
Enlisted: 28 August 1915, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Young, VIC, 30 March 1890
Home Town: Magill, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Police Constable
Died: 1 August 1961, aged 71 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Magill General Cemetery, South Australia
Row C Site 223
Memorials: Adelaide Torrens Rowing Club Roll of Honour, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Thebarton S.A. Police Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, SA
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''

World War 2 Service

4 May 1942: Involvement Private, S69766
4 May 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, S69766
4 May 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
3 Aug 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Husband of Edith Myrtle OLSSON, Main Street, Clare, SA

Alexander was awarded a bronze bravery medal in 1938 for rescuing two youths from drowing.

Alexander Emil Olsson, police sergeant, of Magill. — Rescued Reginald Peterson, 14, and Arthur Robinson, 16, from drowning in the Torrens Gorge in April, 1938.

By an overwhelming majority Sgt. A.E. Olsson will be elected president of the South Australian Police Assocation at a meeting in the Trades Hall on January 16, 1947.  He has defeated Sgt. W.O. Walters, president for 1946.  Sgt. Olsson who is stationed at Port Adelaide joined the force in 1912.  He enlisted in the AIF in August 1915, serving with the 43rd Battalion. On his return he was stationed at Adelaide, Port Pirie and Payneham, and was later transferred to the motor cycle police.  A strong swimmer, Sgt. Olsson won the Royal Humae Society's bronze medal for rescuing two children from the River Torrens five years agot.  He has won the police rifle shooting competitions on several occasions in this state.