August Makewitz

Born 18.01.1886

Place Talsen, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father Gvit (Girt) Makewitz

Arrived at Australia
from Delagoa Bay, South Africa
on 5.02.1906
per Lochu
disembarked at Wallaroo, SA

Residence before enlistment Adelaide, Port Adelaide

Occupation Seaman

service number 1043
enlisted 9.03.1915
POE Keswick, SA
unit 27th Battalion, 50th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915, Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 10.09.1917
discharged 6.05.1918 MU (right leg amputated)

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Port Adelaide, SA

Died 16.09.1922, South Australia


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Mahewitz)

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau file

Army pay file (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

On 2 April [1917], at the battle for Noreuil, in the middle of no-man's-land August Makewitz's right foot was hit by a shell-fragment. 'He had to lay out in rain for 24 hours. He crawled back a couple of miles and was then [taken] to ambulance'. His medical card records that his leg was amputated 'owing to onset of gas gangrene'. He lived long enough to receive his war medals in 1922, dying only a few months afterwards.