John Brente Brenka

AWM memorial panel 150

Birdwood Memorial, SA

Alias Brenke

Born 1887

Place Vilkaviskis or Vilkomir (Ukmerge), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Lithuanian?

Religion Roman Catholic

Mother Agi Brenke

Arrived at Australia
on 1914
per Ajana

Residence before enlistment Shepperton's Sawmills, Gumeracha, SA

Occupation Labourer

service number 2809
enlisted 8.06.1915
POE Keswick, SA
unit 10th Battalion, 50th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915, Western Front, 1916
casualties WIA 1916 (twice)
final fate DOW 23.08.1916
cemetery 102 Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Army payfile (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia


Steve Murphy, 'Lithuanian ANZACs: Research Continues', Lithuanian Papers, vol. 27, 2013, pp. 10-13.

Newspaper articles

At Blumberg. - The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser, 31 August 1917, p. 3

Gen. Birdwood at Birdwood. - The Register, 16 March 1920, p. 9