Carl Edgar Collath

Carl Collath (right) with his friend
Courtesy of Brian Collath

Alias Charles

Born 14.04.1886

Place Talsen, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Ivan Collath

Mother Katherine Devereux


Wife Alice Collath (née Penman), married 1919; children Phyllis, b. 1920; Alice, b. 1922; Lawrence Edgar, b.1924, served WWII; Constance, b. 1926

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 09.1908
per Surry
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Richmond, Vic, Campsie, NSW

Occupation 1912 labourer, 1915 painter, 1930 railway employee

service number 3028
enlisted 17.07.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 2nd Battalion, 54th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 21.05.1918
discharged 19.11.1918

Naturalisation 1912

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 28.12.1948, Buried at Rookwood Necropolis Catholic Cemetery Grave No. 3368, Section 15.


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Family tree compiled by Brian Collath

Blog article



Newspaper articles

In loving memory of Sergeant Ernest J. Goodwin. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 1923, p. 13.

Man losses memory finds himself at Mt. Keira. - Illawara Mercury, 6 November 1936, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

In a few instances returning Russians married the girl-friends, widows or sisters of other Russian ex-servicemen -- Carl Collath's story is one example. His grandson sent me a photograph of his grandfather standing beside his best mate, who, according to family memories, 'was going out with a young lady named Alice Mary Penman (no one remembers his name though). He was unfortunately killed in action. When Carl Edgar Collath returned from the war, he made contact with this young lady, as he knew her well, to tell her the sad news. Subsequently, they must have hit it off because they married and became my grandparents.'