Alexander Lembit

Alexander Lembit's Diary
Courtesy of Peter Cassidy

Born 5.09.1890

Place Pärnu, Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion Roman Catholic

Father Michael (Mihkel) Lembit

Mother Liisu Lembit


Wife Agnes Lembit (née Cross), married 1917 in England


Brother Johannes Lembit

Residence before arrival at Australia England and America

Arrived at Australia
from America
on 25.04.1913
per Port Townsend
disembarked at Port Adelaide, SA

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Seaman, after the war: tram guard; worked on wharves

service number 30934
enlisted 4.09.1916
POE Sydney
unit Medium TMB
rank Gunner
place Western Front, 1917-1918
final fate RTA 8.08.1919
discharged 9.11.1919

Naturalisation 1923

Residence after the war Sydney, Woy Woy

Died 15.10.1966, Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA) (Alex Lembit)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Group portrait of the 7th Medium Trench Mortar Battery. E01975 (AWM)

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From Peter Cassidy's letter:

My Grandfather, Berkeley Lambert, who died in the 1920's was in a Mortar Unit in France and it would appear that his life must have crossed Alexander Lembit's. My grandfather whilst gassed in France returned to Australia and brought back very little from the war other than some correspondence from his mother and an Australian Comforts Fund Diary dated 1919 - keeping in mind that the diary was produced well before the war was over. The diary contains very limited written information but it does refer to an Alexander Lembit leaving France to catch up with his wife and gives details of her address in Scotland. It also contains details of some of his friends and their addresses in both New South Wales and Scotland. This diary is actually Alexander Lembit's and for whatever reason my grandfather kept it with his papers on his return to Victoria Australia and, after his death in the 1920's, the diary was kept by my mother and subsequently given to me. Under Owner's Particulars there are details of hat, boot and collar sizes, his height and weight etc.