Samuel Britain

Samuel Britain
(Source: Family trees on

Alias Britian

Born 25.05.1896

Place Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Abraham Britin

Mother Sarah Zuker


Wife Jean Mckenzie Federita Britain (nee Morrison), married 1922, Melbourne; wife died 1922, daughter Jean Britain, b. 1922

Arrived at Australia
from Poland
on 25.02.1912
per Demosthenes
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Melbourne

Occupation 1916 cutter and designer, 1925 clothing manufacturer

service number 341A
enlisted 19.06.1916
POE Melbourne
unit 12th MG Company, 11th MG Company
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917
final fate RTA 10.09.1917
discharged 19.12.1917 MU

Naturalisation 1942

Residence after the war Melbourne

Died 9.08.1950, Campbellfield, Victoria


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Family tree on

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs (Russian)

Russian Anzacs (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia


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

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

With the new war [WWII] starting, some of the Russian Anzacs who were not naturalised [...] found their status once again became an issue for them, creating problems and driving many of them to regularise their situation, resulting in the third peak of naturalisations. 'Since serving with the AIF applicant understood he was a British subject', a policeman noted about one of them, Samuel Britain, adding that 'he is usually regarded as an Australian'.