Yur Kivovitch

Alias Judah Myer Kivovitch (naturalisation); Victor Michael Carmichael (changed name by deed of poll)
Russian spelling Кивович
Born 4.10.1890
Place Kherson, Ukraine
Ethnic origin Jewish
Religion Jewish
Father Yur (Jacob) Kivovitch
Mother Yetta (Annette) Kivovitch

Wife Rose Rivet Senez Carmichael

Residence before arrival at Australia Went to India from South China, naturalised in Hong Kong
Arrived at Australia from Hong Kong
on 8.12.1913
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Townsville, Qld
Residence before enlistment Townsville, Sydney
Occupation 1913 subcollector of customs, Townsville, 1915 tradesman, refreshment room keeper, 1918 commercial traveller; later merchant, manufacturer, proprietor
Naturalisation 1919
Residence after the war South Australia, New Zealand, Canada, 1951 Australia
Died 1965 Sydney

Service #1

Service number 2690
Enlisted 31.08.1915
Place of enlistment Holdsworthy, NSW
Unit 18th Battalion, Camel transport Corps, Australian H.Q., Egypt
Rank Acting/C.Q.M.S., Private, Temporary Corporal
Place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1917
Final fate RTA 22.01.1917
Discharged 21.03.1917 MU


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Newspaper articles

Returned soldiers' loss. - Singleton Argus, 4 March 1919, p. 1

In equity. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1923, p. 9

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Some [Jewish Anzacs] were highly educated -- like Yur Kivovitch, brought up in Odessa, who claimed (when enlisting in the AIF) to have 'diplomas as an interpreter in Russian, Arabic, Turkish, German, etc., also a working knowledge of French, Italian and Spanish', which must have made him useful when attached to the military censor's office in Egypt.

[...] having been invalided out of the army and seeking to be naturalised, Yur Kivovitch wrote in 1918: 'my desire for naturalisation is so that I would be able to execute duties such as a citizen should -- It struck me rather hard when I found that I am not able to vote after fighting for King and Country.'