Oscar Strauberg

Born 1891

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Peter Strauberg

Mother Bertha Strauberg


Arrived at Australia and enlisted with Edward Seltin and Alexander Mentze

Arrived at Australia
from Cardiff, England
on 18.11.1916
per Gryfevale
disembarked at Port Adelaide, SA (deserted)

Residence before enlistment Port Adelaide, SA

Occupation AB Seaman

service number 3631
enlisted 21.11.1916
POE Adelaide
unit 5th Pioneer Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1919
final fate RTA 23.08.1919
discharged 13.11.1919

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Port Kembla, 1936 Sydney

Died 22.08.1941, Moorong Hospital, Ryde, NSW


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry1 2 (AWM)

Army payfile (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Other seamen found work in whatever capacity they could, after returning from the war, if not at sea then on the waterfront -- as the stories of the two Latvian seamen Edward Seltin and Oscar Strauberg show. Both men had deserted their ship, the Gryfevale, during the war and were pressured to enlist by the Russian consul in Adelaide; when they came back in 1919 their paths took different directions.

Edward Seltin's son tells what became of them both. 'Oscar resumed his seafaring life and he worked on the coastal shipping out of Port Kembla, and we saw him only on very rare occasions. I don't think Oscar ever married ... following an accident on the ship when he lost his arm... he died.'