Ernest Otto Brutton
|Alias||Ernest Ottoff; Bruttan|
|Place||Luban, near Riga, Latvia|
|Ethnic origin||German / Latvian|
|Family||Wife Ada Rose Brutton (née Frost), married 1925; son Harold|
|Residence before arrival at Australia||Left Russia at the age of 16, went to Argentina, learned the trade of electrician, was in New York in 1913|
|Arrived at Australia||
from New York
disembarked at Sydney
|Residence before enlistment||Sydney|
|Occupation||1915 seaman AB, 1919 electrician|
|Residence after the war||Bingara, NSW; Sydney, Tully River, Tully, Frenchman's Creek, Cairns|
|Place of enlistment||Casula, NSW|
|Unit||31st Battalion, 15th FAB, 7th Battery 3rd FAB|
|Place||Western Front, 1916-1917|
|Final fate||RTA 23.09.1918|
Digitised naturalisation (NAA)
Digitised service records (NAA)
Applications to enlist in the AIF (NAA)
Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)
Court martial file (NAA)
Townsville Sub-collector of customs file (NAA)
Pension case file 1 2 (NAA)
Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)
Registrar in Bankruptcy file (NAA)
Filips Lastovskis, Bēgot no cara, kuģa vai bezdarba: drošsirdīgi latvieši, kas karoja zem Austrālijas karoga. - DELFI PLUS, 2020
Филипс Ластовскис. Убежать от царя и безработицы. Латвийцы в армии Австралии: кто они?, - DELFI PLUS, 2020
Police court. - Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser, 20 October 1921, p. 2.
Innisfail notes. - Townsville Daily Bulletin, 13 April 1925, p. 9.
Field workers' claim. - The Northern Herald, Cairns, 15 April 1925, page 11.
A leg injury. - Cairns Post, 10 May 1943, p. 2.
From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:
Ernest Otto Brutton, the former seaman of German background from Latvia, served as a gunner at the Western Front until he was gassed at Ypres. On returning to Australia, he tried various things: he was a milk vendor, worked on coastal vessels, and then tried tobacco-farming and cane-cutting; finally, at Cairns, he also ended up on the waterfront.
A few Russians played an active role in returned soldier organisations, too. Ernest Brutton was a long-standing Cairns RSL member and 'marshal for ANZAC Day marches. He was responsible for making sure all the chaps march in the correct groups, army, navy, airforce; he virtually controlled the whole parade. It was quite a big job.' [remembers his son Harold].