Robert Alexander Ernst

Alias served as Robert Arnst

Born 5.08.1890

Place Libava (Liepaia), Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father Jucom Ernst


Wife Ada Arnst (nee Bell), married 1917, London; by 1924 single

Arrived at Australia
from New Zealand
on 1.05.1912
per Koromiko
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Moss Vale, NSW

Occupation Sailor

service number 2371
enlisted 13.01.1916
POE Goulburn, NSW
unit 55th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
final fate RTA 8.04.1918
discharged 4.09.1918

Naturalisation 1924

Residence after the war 1924 Sydney, 1930 Newcastle

Died 27.10.1930 Newcastle, NSW (suicided)


Digitised service records (NAA) (Arnst)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Arnst)

Digitised naturalisation (NAA) (Ernst)

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Newspaper articles

Recruiting in Goulburn. - Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 15 January 1916, p. 4.

He was "fanned". - The Newcastle Sun, 8 January 1929, p. 5.

Took cyanide. Returned man's death. - Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, 15 November 1930, p. 14.

Grim discovery. - Daily Examiner, Grafton, 15 November 1930, p. 4.