Gerard Martyn Skugar

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
Contacts Arrived together with [Stanley Skowronski](../SkowronskiS)
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
Naturalisation 1940
Residence after the war Grantham NSW, Doonside Soldiers Settlement NSW, Sydney, Yerra, Qld, Brisbane
Died 2.09.1951, Sydney

Service #1

Service number 2160
Enlisted 2.05.1916
Place of enlistment 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


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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.