Kiviselg, Stuhrit, Rautio, Brining, Pavoloff

August 13, 2017

Alexander Kiviselg

  • Alexander Kiviselg, an Estonian seaman from Pärnu, came to Australia in April 1917 and enlisted a few days later.
  • Enlisting in Sydney, he served with the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front. In September 1918, during the advance south of Perone, he was severely wounded in the leg, arm, head and shoulder.
  • Recovering, he returned to Australia, but died as the result of an accident in September 1919.

Alexander Stuhrit

  • Alexander Stuhrit, a Latvian from Libava (Liepaja), claimed to serve for 4 years in the American Navy. In February 1917 he worked on ships in South Australia as a donkey-man. He got into trouble with the police for assault and soon afterwards enlisted in the AIF.
  • He served as a sapper with the 3rd Tunnelling Company on the Western Front.
  • While in Scotland, he married Agnes Aitken, but returned to Australia on his own, and after a number of further assaults and troubles with the law, left for the USA. He married there and worked on American ships.

John Rautio

  • John Rautio, a Finn from Oulu, came to Australia in 1890 and worked as a gardener in Sydney.
  • He enlisted in the AIF, but was discharged four months later as being ‘overage’ (he was 46 years old by that time).
  • His trail disappears after the war.

William Brining

  • William Brining, a Latvian seaman from Riga, enlisted in the AIF in Newcastle.
  • He served with the 36th and 34th battalions on the Western Front. He was killed on 31 August 1918 at the battle for Peronne.
  • His mother in Riga was found after the war and received an Australian pension.

George Pavoloff

  • George Pavoloff was born in the St Petersburg area and came to Australia 1916, working as a barber and hairdresser.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Grafton, he served with the 1st Battalion on the Western Front. In March 1918 he was gassed and in September 1918, during the advance south of Peronne, was wounded in the leg.
  • After the war he returned to Australia, but no information can be found after that time.