John Putre

Born 19.11.1882

Place Libava (Liepaja), Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father Michael

Mother Anna


Wife Agnes Victoria Stonehouse, married 1929 in Sydney, children Connie and Billie


Brother Andrew Putre

Arrived at Australia
from England
on 4.04.1906
per Stronsa
disembarked at Newcastle, NSW

Residence before enlistment Sydney, Bondi, Port Hacking, Cronulla

Occupation Seaman, coal lumper

service number 5726
enlisted 17.01.1916
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 3rd Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917, 1918 (twice)
awards MM (LG 14.05.19)
final fate RTA 25.01.1919
discharged 3.05.1919

Naturalisation 1908

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 1961, Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

On 22-23 August [1918] the Australians successfully advanced to the north (3rd Division) and to the south (1st Division) of the Somme, towards Bray and Chuignes. In this advance Lance-corporal John Putre (3rd Battalion), a Latvian former sailor, won a Military Medal for his bravery; he had been in France since September 1916 and been twice wounded already. According to his citation: 'He lead his patrol capably, showing skill, initiative and daring and it was due to information gathered from his patrol report that this company was enabled to advance so quickly and with so few casualties'.