Gerard Martyn Skugar

Gerard Martyn Skugar
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 6 January 1917, p. 26

Alias Gerald Martin, Gegard Marlyn

Russian spelling

Герард Скугар

Born 24.11.1894

Place Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Polish

Religion Roman Catholic

Father Antoni Skugar

Mother Kate (Constance) Skugar


Arrived together with Stanley Skowronski

Arrived at Australia
from Poland via Bremen
on 8.02.1914
per Zieten
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Brisbane, Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Bundaberg

Occupation 1916 sailor; 1939 labourer, 1940 miner

Service 1
service number 2160
enlisted 2.05.1916
POE Rockhampton, Qld
unit 41st Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1918
casualties WIA 1918
awards 15.09.18 MM (special R.G.), France (LG 24/01/1919)
final fate RTA 12.12.1918
discharged 26.03.1919 MU

Service 2 (WWII)
service number Q185921
enlisted 14.02.1940
unit HQ Northern command
discharged 17.07.1940

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Grantham NSW, Doonside Soldiers Settlement NSW, Sydney, Yerra, Qld, Brisbane

Died 2.09.1951, Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

WWII service records (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Central district volunteers. - Capricornian, Rockhampton, 13 May 1916, p. 7.

Poland. - Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 1933, p. 14.

Poland's national day. - Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May 1933, p. 10.

Distinguished foreigner missing. - Lithgow Mercury, 13 September 1933, p. 1.

Mr G. Skugar. Strange disappearance. - Sydney Morning Herald, 13 September 1933, p. 13.

Missing man sought here. - Daily News, Perth, 26 October 1933, p. 5.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Gerard Martyn Skugar, a Polish sailor from Vilno, [at Somme, August 1918] 'single-handed, rushed and captured a machine gun and its crew'. Skugar, who was awarded the Military Medal, 'continued to do excellent work throughout the fight' until finally being severely wounded in head.