Carl Michael Alksne

Alias Karl Alksne

Born 3/16.08.1888 (nat.) 3.08.1890 (CIB)

Place Pernigel (Liepupe), Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father Michael Alksne

Mother Dorothy


Wife Agnes


Relative in Australia Michael Paegle

Arrived at Australia
from Norway
on 11.05.1916
per Thor II (as II mate on board)

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1916 seaman, labourer, ships carpenter, 1918 merchant ship officer, 1921 shipwright, 1936 carpenter; Consul for Latvia, 1921-1923

service number 6689
enlisted 20.11.1916
POE Sydney
unit 18th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 20.12.1917
discharged 7.05.1918 MU

Naturalisation 1918

Residence after the war 1921 Sydney, 1925 Mildura, Vic, 1936 Kogarah, NSW

Died 08.1964, Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article




Ineta Didrihsone-Tomaševska, Latvia's consuls in Australia before World War II. - In: Aldis L. Putniņš, ed., Early Latvian Settlers in Australia, Melbourne: Sterling Star, 2010, pp. 157-164.

From Ineta Didrihsone-Tomaševska, Latvia's consuls in Australia before World War II:

Latvia's first consular representative in Australia was Kārlis Miķelis (also Carl Michael) Alksne (also Alksnis). Born in Latvia in August, 1888, he graduated from the maritime school in Ainaži in 1912 as a qualified ship's captain. Until 1916 he worked on Norwegian and Latvian trading vessels, and then travelled to Australia where he had a relative, Michael Paegle, in Melbourne. As an Australian citizen Alksne enlisted during WWI and served in France, where he was wounded in July, 1917. In 1919 he wrote to diplomatic staff in London recommending that a Latvian representative be appointed to support the interests of Sydney's Latvian community. His recommendation found favour and Alksne, a shipyard worker described by the Latvian consul in London as 'very energetic and patriotic in Latvian affairs', on January 15, 1921, became Latvia's representative in Australia.