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
Naturalisation 1908
Residence after the war Sydney
Died 1961, Sydney

Service #1

Service number 5726
Enlisted 17.01.1916
Place of enlistment 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


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'.