Jack Puss

Born 1878

Place Arensburg (Kuressaare), Oesel (Saaremaa), Estonia

Ethnic origin Estonian

Religion Protestant & Unitarian

Father Arthur Puss

Residence before arrival at Australia Has been working on German ships for 3 years

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Wallaroo, SA

Occupation Carpenter

service number 1557
enlisted 14.07.1915
POE Keswick, SA
unit 32nd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 21.07.1917
discharged 2.10.1917 'services no longer required' (suspicion of pro-Germanism)

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war 1918 USA


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Jack Puss, an Estonian, [...] a carpenter in civilian life, he had been fighting on the Western Front for nearly a year when one day he was heard to say, 'I think I would get better treatment if I went over to Fritz and held my hands up'. Another reason he came under suspicion was that he could speak German; he had previously worked for several years on German ships. He was immediately discharged without trial and considered ineligible for medals. After his discharge he completely disappears from Australian archival records; probably, he left Australia and did not care about getting any medals.