Nicolas Rehrick

Alias Nikolai; Rehric

Russian spelling

Николай Георгиевич Рерих (Рерик)

Born 13.09.1889

Place Libava (Liepaja), Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father George Rehrick

Mother Julia Petters


Wife Linda Olive Hardy, married 1929, Vic.

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in England and America for several years

Arrived at Australia
from New York (as sailor)
on 15.05.1912
per Forsdale
disembarked at Geelong, Vic

Residence before enlistment Melbourne, Tasmania, Melbourne

Occupation 1916 seaman, 1931 iron worker, 1936 labourer, 1953 rigger

service number 3689
enlisted 5.05.1916
POE Melbourne
unit 29th Battalion, 5th Div HQs (Intelligence Police), 58th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917, 1918
final fate RTA 17.03.1919
discharged 7.06.1919

Naturalisation 1924

Residence after the war 1923 Melbourne, 1927 Yarraville, 1931 Huon, Yackandandah, 1932 Yarraville, Vic.

Died 20.08.1953, Parkville, Vic.


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA) (Rehric)

Personal case file 1 2 (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Song of a syren. - Record, Emerald Hill, Vic., 4 June 1921, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Two former seamen, Nicholas Kotzebue and Nicolas Rehrick, both from the Baltic region, served on the Western Front with the Intelligence Police [...]. Rehrick, characterised by an Australian police inspector as 'an alert, intelligent man, of High School education in Latvia', joined the Intelligence Police after studying at the 5th Division Intelligence school in July 1917. He successfully served in the Intelligence Police until he was severely wounded for the second time, in May 1918.