Louis Pasvalsky

AWM memorial panel 153

Memorial in Perth Botanic Gardens

Alias known as Louis Walters; nickname in the army 'Charlie Chaplin'

Russian spelling

Луис Пасвальский

Born 1897

Place Opotzk (Opochka?, Russia)

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Earon Pasvalsky

Mother Rebecca Pasvalsky


Brother Isidore Walters; nephew Philip Walters
Army connections William Gorkoon

Arrived at Australia
on ca 1912

Residence before enlistment Perth

Occupation Metal polisher

service number 4872
enlisted 30.11.1915
POE Perth
unit 11th Battalion, 51st Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916
final fate KIA 3.09.1916
memorial 26 Villers-Bretonneux, France

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Red Cross wounded and missing file (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour card (AWM)

Family tree on Ancestry.com

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Louis Pasvalsky was an 18-year-old Jewish boy from Perth, a former metal-polisher, whose family were from Opotsk in Poland. He was 'a very bright little Russian', according to his comrades, and only 5 feet 2 inches tall, with dark curly hair. The court of enquiry was told that four men including Pasvalsky (who his comrades called Charlie Chaplin): 'were killed together at Mouquet Farm on Sept. 3rd while digging in. As we came back for cover again I was asking about Charlie Chaplin, and was told that the four men were working together when a shell blew them all up.' Another man added, 'I was told by one of my pals ... that Pasvalskey (whom we nicknamed "Charlie Chaplin") "went for a ride on a shell", by which I understand that he was blown to pieces'. In the face of death they tried to avoid sentimentality ...