Schija Fels

Schija Fels, upon arrival to Sydney in 1934
(Sun, 8 February 1934, p. 40)

Alias Charles Schiya Fels

Born 9.06.1889

Place Warsaw, Poland

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Saul Fels

Mother Wilhelmina (Wichta) nee Chvat


Wife Vera Fels, born Russia ca 1907, Australian couturie trading as Germaine Rocher

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army for 1 year; in 1907 came to Antwerp, Belgium

Arrived at Australia
from France
on 30.12.1912
per Sydney
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1914 diamond cutter, 1938 manufacturer, 1952 costumier

Service 1
service number 1126
enlisted 3.11.1914
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 13th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
casualties WIA 1915
final fate RTA 8.10.1915
discharged 26.04.1916 MU

Service 2
enlisted 13.12.1916 left for England to enlist in Royal Flying Corps, was rejected as medically unfit and employed by the Department of Military Intelligence

Naturalisation 1919

Residence after the war Sydney, Shanghai, USA, England, France, Sydney from 1934

Died 19.06.1952, Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Pay history card (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Biographical file (AWM) (includes clipping from 'Sun' 1934 with photo)

Application for admission of relatives and friends 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (NAA)

Passengers ex SS MOLDAVIA, Sydney, 8 February 1934 (includes British Passport pertaining to Mrs Vera Fels) (NAA)

Police registration at Antwerp, Belgium 1 2

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Schija Fels, the diamond cutter whom we last saw severely wounded at Bloody Angle, was discharged in Australia after his Gallipoli experience but then went to England on his own initiative. There, he first tried to enlist in the Royal Flying Corps but was rejected as medically unfit; he then managed to get a post in British military intelligence, where he served until the end of the war.

Newspaper articles

Arrivals by the Moldavia today. - Sun, 8 February 1934, p. 40.

Smart Parisienne. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1934, p. 5.

Of sealing-wax, cabbages and kings. - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 9 February 1934, p. 4.

Sheila Scotter. A man about the house. - The Australian Women's Weekly, 8 February 1978, p. 73