Yai Limbek

Alias was likely identical with John Lemberg from Kalgoorlie (police report); used name Joseph after the war

Born 23.01.1884

Place Dago (Hiiumaa), Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion Church of England

Father Uri Limbek

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Perth

Occupation Labourer

service number 5428
enlisted 1.02.1916
POE Perth
unit 11th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 10.09.1917
discharged 5.12.1917 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Russian subjects enlisted in the AIF (digitised file) (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Intelligence file (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Assistance and medical file (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The horror of Bullecourt [1917] kept soldiers in its grips long after these battles. Among the Russians alone there were at least three men affected mentally -- one was Yai Limbek, who had been at the Western Front since August 1916. After First Bullecourt he left his unit but was soon apprehended and sent into battle again. He was wounded in the face and in hospital he became deluded: 'imagined his head was full of shrapnel ... and that gases are introduced in his room', according his medical records.