Julays Beern

Alias Julius

Born 1891

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Jacob Beern


Wife Catherine Beern (née Barker), married 1915 in London, died 1920; son Frederick Beern, born 1920

Residence before arrival at Australia Was apprentice in Riga for 3 years

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Melbourne

Occupation Seaman

service number 1107, 1887, 2107
enlisted 23.11.1914
POE Broadmeadows, Vic.
unit 3rd Battalion, 45th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1915, 1917
final fate RTA 21.03.1919
discharged 24.05.1919

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Melbourne

Died 8.09.1920 in Melbourne Hospital


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Informant re death of Pte E.R. Morris (AWM)

Passage for Wife (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The first of these [war time] marriages [of the Russian Anzacs] took place well before the end of war when Julajs Beern, a Latvian former seaman, married a London girl. After being wounded at the Gallipoli landing, Beern was brought to London to recover, where he married, and soon returned to the trenches, in September 1915. He survived Gallipoli but on the Western Front was wounded again, and spent some time in English hospitals reunited with his wife for a while before being invalided back to Australia. He died a year later in Melbourne hospital, still intending to go to London to bring his wife out. She died only a couple of weeks after him, leaving behind a young son.