Carl Edgar Collath
Carl Collath (right) with his friend
Courtesy of Brian Collath
Place Talsen, Latvia
Ethnic origin Latvian
Religion Church of England
Father Ivan Collath
Mother Katherine Devereux
Wife Alice Collath (née Penman), married 1919; children Phyllis, b. 1920; Alice, b. 1922; Lawrence Edgar, b.1924, served WWII; Constance, b. 1926
Arrived at Australia
disembarked at Sydney
Residence before enlistment Richmond, Vic, Campsie, NSW
Occupation 1912 labourer, 1915 painter, 1930 railway employee
Service service number 3028
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 2nd Battalion, 54th Battalion
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 21.05.1918
Residence after the war Sydney
Died 28.12.1948, Buried at Rookwood Necropolis Catholic Cemetery Grave No. 3368, Section 15.
Family tree compiled by Brian Collath
In loving memory of Sergeant Ernest J. Goodwin. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 1923, p. 13.
Man losses memory finds himself at Mt. Keira. - Illawara Mercury, 6 November 1936, p. 4.
From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:
In a few instances returning Russians married the girl-friends, widows or sisters of other Russian ex-servicemen -- Carl Collath's story is one example. His grandson sent me a photograph of his grandfather standing beside his best mate, who, according to family memories, 'was going out with a young lady named Alice Mary Penman (no one remembers his name though). He was unfortunately killed in action. When Carl Edgar Collath returned from the war, he made contact with this young lady, as he knew her well, to tell her the sad news. Subsequently, they must have hit it off because they married and became my grandparents.'