Louis Pasvalsky

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
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Service #1

Service number 4872
Enlisted 30.11.1915
Place of enlistment Perth
Unit 11th Battalion, 51st Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916
Final fate KIA 3.09.1916
Memorial 26 Villers-Bretonneux, France


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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 ...