Alexander Oders

Born 22.11.1894

Place Pärnu, Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion 1916 Greek Catholic (i.e. Russian Orthodox); 1940 Church of England

Father Andrew Oders

Mother Mary Kartan


Wife Constance Evelyne Oders (née Wakeman), married 1918 in England; children: Dora Constance b.1921; Robert Alexander (Alexander Robert), b. 1921; Evelyn Mary, b.1924; Dennis Armand, b. 1926; June Hazel, b.1930; Ronald Andrew, b.1932

Residence before arrival at Australia After leaving Estonia was at sea for 3 years

Arrived at Australia
from Montevideo, Uruguay
on 12.1913
per Sardhana
disembarked at Geraldton, WA (deserted)

Residence before enlistment Fremantle, WA, was mostly at sea between 1913-1916

Occupation Seaman, 1916 labourer; 1936, 1940 fitter's assistant

Service 1
service number 7039
enlisted 5.05.1916
POE Perth
unit 11th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1919
casualties WIA (gassed) 1918
final fate RTA 21.06.1919
discharged 10.09.1919

Service 2 (WWII)
service number W1672
enlisted 12.05.1941
POE Canning Weir, WA
unit W/Comd L T D
discharged 23.10.1946

Naturalisation 1936

Residence after the war Fremantle, Nedlands (Perth); Oakleigh East, North Croydon, Vic.; Mandurah, WA

Died 21.04.1983, Mandurah, WA


Naturalisation (NAA) (Orders)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA) (cover only)

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

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Digitised WWII service records (NAA)

Personal case file 1 2 (NAA)

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Alexander Oders, who had already served on the Western Front with the 1st AIF, was one of the first to enlist in this new war [Second World War]. He had married in England and was now living in Western Australia with his large family, three of whom, his two eldest sons and one daughter, soon followed him into the armed forces. His son Robert Alexander was a prisoner-of-war for three years in Malaya and Thailand.