Frank Jeschek

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Frank Jeschek
(Merchant Navy seaman record, National Archives, Kew)

Born 1886

Place Warsaw, Poland

Ethnic origin Czech / Polish? (arrived in 1909 as 'Bohemian')

Religion Roman Catholic

Arrived at Australia
from Auckland, New Zealand
on 3.04.1909
per Southern Cross
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Tasmania

Occupation Sailor, general labourer

service number 6753
enlisted 18.07.1916
POE Claremont, Tasmania
unit 12th Battalion
rank Private
place England, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 6.04.1917
discharged 15.08.1918 MU
cemetery Cornelian Bay Hobart R Cath CCX 172

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Tasmania

Died 23.08.1919, Newtown, Tasmania


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised allotment file (NAA)

Alien registration 1 2 (NAA)

Roll of Honour (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

A soldier's Russian origin and language problems did not always provoke negative reactions, however; on the contrary, it sometimes evoked a compassionate response, for instance on the part of medical officials. Frank Jeschek, a former seaman from Warsaw, probably of German origin, became ill after enlisting in the AIF in Tasmania. The medical correspondence on his case is accompanied by a brief note, 'Jeschek is a Russian. and a good man'. Unfortunately, he did not live long; he developed tuberculosis while in camp in England, was invalided back to Australia and died in Tasmania in 1919.