Pertel, Jofs, Pivinski

May 7, 2015

Charles Pertel

  • Charles Pertel was most likely a native of Arensburg (Kuressaare) in Estonia, although in the notice about his death a local newspaper wrote that he was born in Moscow. He came to Port Pirie in 1908 as a sailor and worked in the South Australian Coastal shipping company.
  • Enlisting in the AIF he served with the 12th Battalion at Gallipoli and later with the 52nd on the Western Front, where he was wounded twice at Mouquet Farm in September 1916 and at Dernancourt in April 1918.
  • After the war he lived in Broken Hill, working as a rigger. He married a local girl, Edith White, in 1927, but sadly she died the next year, leaving him with a young daughter. During WWII Pertel enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps and died while serving in the army. His war medals were recently found by Glyn Llanwarne and returned to his daughter.

Jacob Lamban Jofs

  • Jacob Lamban Jofs was a machinist fron Vaasa in Finland.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Sydney, he served at Gallipoli with the 13th Battalion and was killed in November 1915, at the end of the Gallipoli campaign, being the last Russian born Anzac to be killed in Gallipoli.
  • His sister Anna, who settled in Wisconsin, USA, was found after the war and received his medals.

Walter Pivinski

  • Walter Pivinski, a Ukrainian sailor from Odessa, served in the Russian Navy for two years.
  • He enlisted in the AIF soon after arrival to Australia and sailed with the 18th Battalion to Gallipoli. In August 1915, in the battle for 971 Hill, he was ‘wounded on the left eye with a bayonet’, also had shrapnel wounds to the hand, a ‘fracture of skull’, and was ‘wounded to the back through explosion of shell’. After recovering in Australia he reenlisted, but experiencing severe headaches on the boat he was returned to Australia from Egypt.
  • After the war he went to America and enlisted in the US Army, serving in Manila. He later married and lived in Tacoma, Washington.