Boleslav Boryss

Russian spelling

Болеслав Борис

Born 4.04.1888

Place Warsaw, Poland

Ethnic origin Polish

Religion Roman Catholic

Mother Maria Boryss


Wife Barbara Boryss (née Naritz), born in Smolensk, married 1932; stepson George Serge Boryss

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army

Arrived at Australia
from India
on 5.10.1912
per Ziben
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Mornington Mill, WA

Occupation 1915 fitter, mill-hand, 1930 engineer, 1933 fitter, 1936 second-hand dealer, 1943 fitter

service number 15
enlisted 26.03.1915
POE Blackboy Hill, WA
unit 28th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA 1916
final fate RTA 14.01.1917
discharged 16.07.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1915

Residence after the war 1921 Melbourne, 1928 Yarraville, Vic., 1932, 1939 Sydney

Died 17.11.1972, Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Baryss)

Application for admission of relatives (NAA)

Security service file (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Anyone who sounded foreign enough was in danger of being targeted in these times [WWII], including Russians. What happened to Boleslav Boryss, who had served his country and been severely wounded at Pozières, was not an isolated instance. Boryss had a second-hand shop along Oxford Street, Paddington, in Sydney. One of his neighbours alerted police that she had heard a Morse code apparatus going at his premises and also that, when looking in his shop window, she had noticed a 'press set up with material ready for printing'. The policeman sent to investigate reported that the press 'appears to be an old chest of drawers' and commented that the informer 'has allowed her imagination to run away with her'.