Militan Schatkowski (Oldham)

Alias 14.02.1918 assumed name Oldham; death certificate: Milton Schatkowski (known as Milton Oldham)

Russian spelling

Милитан Иосифович Шатковский

Born 20.11.1891

Place Plotely (Plateliai), Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Polish / German

Religion Presbyterian

Father Joseph Schatkowski

Mother Hürschulle Gerdt (Antwerp Police records); Olga (Militan's death records)


Wife Isabella Burgess Oldham (1891-1937), married 1918 in England, came to Australia in 1919, returned to England in 1920; daughter Cecily Olga Oldham (b. 1920, Sydney - d. 2002 Oxford, England); son Joseph Milton Oldham (b. 1921 London - d. 2000 Exeter, England) - information from grandson Michael Oldham

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in the British Empire since 1908

Arrived at Australia
on 07.1914

Residence before enlistment Stockton, Newcastle

Occupation 1914 seaman, 1938 wharf labourer

service number 1632
enlisted 30.11.1914
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 2nd Battalion, 54th Battalion, 2nd Battalion, Adm HQ, attached to Australian Red Cross, Old Bailey, London
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front, 1916; England 1917-1919
final fate RTA 4.06.1919
discharged 28.09.1919 MU

Naturalisation 1919 in the UK

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 29.11.1938 Sydney


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM) (Schatokwski)

Naturalisation file and certificate 1 2 (National Archives, UK)

[Antwerp Police Immigration records 1]( Antwerp.jpg) [2]( Antwerp.jpg) (

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia

Michael John Oldham, 'Militan's War and Other Hurdles'

Militan Schatkowski, my paternal grandfather, served as a Russian Anzac during WWI and this month, November 2014, marks the centenary of his enlistment. Before Armistice Day he had changed his name to Militan Oldham.... Full text