David Borszcer

Alias Borszcar

Russian spelling

Давид Борщер

Born 1880

Place Balta (nat.) or Bershad (AR), Podolia, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Leon Borszer


Wife Anna Borszer, daughter Lisa, b. 1913, Berlin; stayed in Copenhagen, Denmark

Residence before arrival at Australia Germany 4 years

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 1.06.1915
per Medina
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Musician, bandsman, 1935 dealer

Service (Home service)
enlisted 28.04.1916
POE Menangle, NSW
unit Australian Light Horse Band
rank Private
discharged Ca 11.05.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1935

Residence after the war Sydney, Tumut NSW

Died 1939 Tumut, NSW


Documents re military service (digitised file) (NAA)

Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Beraszcer - in error)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

The Belgian Band. - The West Australian, 2 June 1915, p. 8

The Belgian Band. - The Daily News, Perth, 2 June 1915, p. 5

Musical notes. - Sunday Times, Sydney, 16 June 1918, p. 15

David and the harp. - Truth, Sydney, 18 June 1922, p. 11

Quarter sessions. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 1922, p. 5

Car fatality. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 April 1934, p. 14

From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

David Borszcer, a Jewish musician from Bershad in Podillia, came to Australia in June 1915 with the Belgian Band with the purpose of raising money for the Belgian Relief Fund. A number of the members of this band were Russian nationals, and Russian music, including Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture', featured as highlights of their programs. Borszcer stayed in Australia and enlisted in the AIF in April 1916; he was not accepted for overseas service but was assigned to the Australian Light Horse Band, based at Menangle Park near Sydney.