Lion Harlap

Alias Leon

Russian spelling

Ария Ефраимович Харлап
Jewish name Aryeh/Arie

Born 21.07.1893

Place Odessa, Ukraine or Rehovot (Rehobot), Palestine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Ephraim Tzvi Harlap, probably from Mezhirich, Ukraine

Mother Yehudit Yentel Harlap (nee Shpiner) */


Wife Nehama Harlap (nee Rotstein); daughter Dalia Mishori (1930-2015) and two more children */

Residence before arrival at Australia Was brought to Palestine when he was 18 months old, later stated that he was born in Palestine

Arrived at Australia
from Palestine via Port Said
on 17.12.1910
per Kera
disembarked at Fremantle, WA

Residence before enlistment Big Brook, Perth

Occupation 1914 locksmith, 1915 engine fitter; 1924 had Harlap Cycle Shop, Jaffa

service number 1098
enlisted 5.03.1915
POE Perth
unit 10th Light Horse Regiment, Anzac Provost Corps, depot stores
rank Trooper, Corporal
place Egypt, Palestine, 1915-1919
discharged 29.03.1919 in Egypt

Naturalisation 1915, in 1934 naturalisation revoked

Residence after the war Palestine, 1963 visited Australia

Died 27.05.1977 Rehovot, Israel */


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Leanne Piggott, Australia and Israel: A Pictorial History (Lion Haplap's letter, p. 4)

*/ Family tree on

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Newspaper articles

A touching reunion. - The Canberra Times, 27 August 1963, p. 18 (photo)

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

At the beginning of October 1918 the Australians had reached Damascus and just over a month later the war was over. For Lion Harlap, and for several other Jews who had originally come to Australia via Palestine, this was an especially blissful time. Harlap's family lived at the colony Rehovot (where Margolin spent his youth, guarding it from the Arabs). 'Whilst there with the Forces', Harlap wrote, 'I was gratified to find my parents and sisters still alive though my father, who has suffered so much at the hands of our enemies, has aged considerably.' It was decided at this 'joyful' family reunion that when he received his discharge he should return directly to Palestine, to his family -- and at the end of the war, he did.