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Furuhjelm Cont War 1941
Arms: Tierced bend sinisterwise Vert and Argent a pine tree with five roots eradicated counterchanged.

SOURCES/NOTES & CREDITS: Information adapted from “Finlands Adels-Kalendar 1944”, especially the Section of Members of the House of Nobility who in the Continuation War between Finland and The Soviet Union gave their lives in the service of their country between 1941 and 1943.

Engineer Edvin Hampus Campbell Furuhjelm who died in East Karelia
( Östkarelen ) on 30 Sep 1941 in the service of his country. The date and location
of his death places him in the main theatre of fighting towards the beginning of the Continuation War (25 Jun 1941 - 19 Sep 1944 between Finland and the Soviet Union).

He was born to the noble family of Furuhjelm in 1911. The first Furuhjelm was one Enoch Naucler ennobled in Sweden under the noble name Furuhjelm for his service as regimental clerk to the Nylands Cavalry Regiment on 20 Jan 1762, introduced in the Swedish House of Nobles in 1776 under no. 2051 and then introduced to Finland’s House of Nobles in 1818 under no. 146. The original letters patent of nobility including the blazon were issued on 27 October 1801 and are to be found today in Finland’s House of Nobles.

It may be that one of the most common routes to nobility in Sweden and Finland in the 17th & 18th centuries was through service in a cavalry regiment.

Engineer Furuhjelm married Anne-Marie Schauman in 1939, she was of another Swedo-Finnish noble family. When she became a widow in 1941, they had had a daughter, Anna Gunilla Furuhjelm born in 1939 and she was also pregnant with a daughter to be, born in 1942 one Monica Eddina Furuhjelm. Interestingly, the widow Schauman married Engineer Edvin’s older brother Nils Elis Campbell Furuhjelm in 1943. The two children
grew up, married and we hope are are yet living. Edvin’s and Nil’s grandmother was a Campbell.

The artwork is a rendition of John Hamilton Gaylor

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