Edward Sevald

Born 13.12.1896
Place Riga, Latvia
Ethnic origin Latvian
Religion Lutheran
Father Peter Sevald

Wife Veronica (Vera) Sevald

Residence before arrival at Australia Studied at Russian Aviation School for 2 years
Arrived at Australia from London
on 14.01.1916
per Protector
disembarked at Williamstown, Vic.
Residence before enlistment Melbourne
Occupation 1916 seaman, 1919 sailmaker, 1924 fitter, 1936 turner
Naturalisation 1920
Residence after the war Melbourne, Williamstown, Vic.
Died After 1963

Service #1

Service number 642
Enlisted 14.02.1916
Place of enlistment Melbourne
Unit 2nd Flying Squadron, 3rd Squadron Australian Flying Corps
Rank 2nd Air Mechanic, 1st Air Mechanic; Corporal; Sergeant Mechanic
Place Western Front, 1917-1919
Final fate RTA 20.06.1919
Discharged 13.09.1919



A German Albatros D5A Scout aircraft Serial No. 5390/17 brought down by members of the Australian Flying Corps. E01687 (AWM)

Group portrait of the NCOs of No 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, at their aerodrome. E02764 (AWM)

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The Australian Flying Corps was an élite unit and a small group of Russians was regarded as being sufficiently trustworthy to serve in it. They included three former seamen -- Eloranta, Juckham and Tomrop -- who served in the 1st Flying Squadron in Egypt. Edward Sevald, from Riga, who had studied at aviation school in Russia, had a successful career with the 3rd Flying Squadron in France as a sergeant mechanic. Frederick Dambelis, also from Riga, a former rigger who 'understood motor car driving', became an air-mechanic (2nd class).