Frederick Reinhold Reimann

Born 1889
Place Pärnu, Estonia
Ethnic origin Estonian
Religion Lutheran
Father Matthew Reiman
Mother Eliza (Hessa) Reimann

Wife Ella Reiman, daughter Hilda, b. ca 1926

Residence before arrival at Australia Served for 4 months in the Russian Navy; was shipwrecked in the barque 'Berthalline' ca 1911 at Red Sea
Arrived at Australia on ca 1913
per Natal
disembarked at Port Adelaide
Residence before enlistment Adelaide
Occupation 1916 labourer, 1927 jeweller; 1930 Merchant Navy
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war Norwood, SA
Died 24.04.1943, ss 'Kowarra' (Australian Merchant Navy) near Fraser Island

Service #1

Service number 4501
Enlisted 6.01.1916
Place of enlistment Adelaide
Unit 27th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1916-1917
Final fate RTA 10.01.1918
Discharged 19.03.1918 disciplinary reasons, not eligible for awards

Service #2 – WWII Merchant Navy

Enlisted 1939
Final fate KIA 24.04.1943


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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] the former seaman Frederick Reinhold Reimann suffered all his life as a result of his dishonourable discharge. He had been several months in France when he got ill and was transferred to London. There, he was allocated to work at Bullford Venereal Disease Hospital. Reimann, 'being a clean living soldier', applied for a transfer from this hospital -- even back to the front -- with no result. Four times he took 'absence without leave' from the hospital; then, as he tells it, 'one day I was told to get ready to come back to Australia as an undesirable' and he was discharged for disciplinary reasons. In 1933 he appealed to the military authorities: 'As I have been victimised for over 15 years ... I am asking you to give me a fair trial before any military court ... where I am sure [I] can hope for a rightful discharge'. They refused to reconsider his case.