Isaac Chain

Born 1878 (WWI attestation); 7.07.1886 (WWII attestation)
Place Odessa, Ukraine
Ethnic origin Jewish
Religion Jewish
Father Louis Chain
Mother Charlotte Chain

Wife Sarah Chain (nee Bass), son Phillip, b. 1916, daughter Rosy

Arrived at Australia from Cape Town, South Africa
on 4.03.1908
per Salamis
disembarked at Melbourne
Residence before enlistment Melbourne, Sydney
Occupation Cigarette manufacturer
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war Sydney
Died 10 May 1945, Sydney

Service #1

Service number 5067
Enlisted 29.11.1915
Place of enlistment Casula, NSW
Unit 4th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916-1917
Final fate RTA 31.10.1917
Discharged 29.05.1918

Service #2 – WWII

Service number N105842
Enlisted 19.01.1941
Place of enlistment Sydney
Unit 7 GB
Rank Private
Discharged 12.08.1943


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Newspaper articles

Rival cigarettes. - The Age, Melbourne, 1 October 1909, p. 7.

Forged cigarettes. - Daily Herald, Adelaide, 24 May 1915, p. 3.

From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

Age seemed to present no major obstacle to enlistment [in WWII], however: some of the men simply 'adjusted' their birthdates, and the authorities regularly failed to insist on documentary proof. [...] Isaac Chain shed almost a decade between 1878 and 1886.