Wladyslaw Nogal

Alias Wlodyslaw; Victor
Born 27.06.1890
Place Warsaw, Poland
Ethnic origin Polish
Religion Roman Catholic
Father Joseph Nogal
Mother Teksa (Teklia?) Nogal

Wife Rosetta Nogal (nee Westhorpe), married 1917, London

Residence before arrival at Australia Served 1 year in the Russian Army
Arrived at Australia from Marseilles, France
on 16.07.1914
per Japanese ship
disembarked at Fremantle, WA
Residence before enlistment Perth, Horseshoe Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie, WA
Occupation 1915 bricklayer, 1921 mill hand, 1925 bricklayer, 1941 miner
Naturalisation 1918
Residence after the war Kalgoorlie, Perth, Lyall's Mill, Perth, Laverton, WA, Mount Margaret, WA
Died 1952 Mount Margaret, WA

Service #1

Service number 6477
Enlisted 28.12.1915
Place of enlistment Blackboy Hill, WA
Unit 4th Field Company Engineers, 12th Field Coy A.E.
Rank Sapper
Place Western Front, 1916-1917
Casualties WIA 1917
Final fate RTA 30.10.1917
Discharged 18.01.1918 MU

Service #2 – Home service

Service number 6477
Enlisted 11.06.1918
Place of enlistment Blackboy Hill, WA
Unit CD Depot Camp Police
Rank Private
Discharged 2.08.1918 on own request

Service #3 – WWII

Service number W15465
Enlisted 16.10.1941
Place of enlistment Claremont, WA
Unit 124 A Gen.Transp.
Rank Driver
Discharged 22.05.1943


Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

But the winter of 1916-17 was not all grim. The trenches became the soldiers' home and their comrades became their family. Soldiers took their leaves in Paris and London, attended training schools, and had unusual encounters -- I mention just two. [...] Another meeting was described in the West Australian under the heading 'Former workmates meet. An incident of Bullecourt'. It said, 'A soldier recently returned from France states that at Bullecourt he was watching a batch of prisoners being brought in, when one of them addressed him by name and asked for a drink. On looking more closely he saw that the prisoner was a man with whom he had worked on a mine at Boulder in December, 1915. The question arises as to how the German got away from Australia to Germany.' This incident attracted the attention of the Australian Intelligence authorities and the Western Australian police carried out a special investigation. The Australian soldier in question was Wladyslaw Nogal, a Russian Pole; while working at Horseshoe Gold Mine in Kalgoorlie in July or August 1914, Nogal met the German, who disappeared shortly thereafter. The next time Nogal saw him he was in a group of German prisoners-of-war at Goodincourt, the Somme, in January 1917. 'The German noticed him', said the police report, and called out "What oh! Victor! What about giving me a drink of tea?" Nogal states he made no reply.'

... At the two-up or in showing hatred to a German former workmate -- they were becoming part of their army.