Peter Swirgsdin

Peter Swirgsdin
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 3 June 1916, p. 25

Russian spelling

Latvian spelling Peter Zvirgsdiņš

Born 22.11.1888

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Andrew Swirgsdin

Mother Annie (Amelia Mednis)


Wife Hilda Alice Swirgsdin (nee White), married in England ca. 1917, son Herbert Peter (1918-1946), died during AIF service in WWII

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 16.07.1910
per Durham
disembarked at Townsville, Qld

Residence before enlistment Townsville, Qld

Occupation Engine driver, 1918 foreman, 1943 labourer

service number 21275
enlisted 18.10.1915
POE Townsville, Qld
unit 9th FAB, 7th FAB
rank Gunner, Bombardier
place Western Front, 1917
casualties WIA 1917
final fate RTA 30.01.1918
discharged 26.04.1918

Naturalisation 1918

Residence after the war Oolbun, Townsville, Cairns, Qld


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised application for passage for wife (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)

Repatriation Medical case file (NAA)

DVA pension case file (NAA)

Blog article



Newspaper articles

A fine of £3. - Townsville Daily Bulletin, 6 September 1937, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Moreover, some Russians considered that taking an oath of allegiance to the king at enlistment dispensed with the need to take another oath for naturalisation -- in the words of Peter Swirgsdin, who had been severely wounded at Passchendaele in 1917: 'I have taken the Oath of Alligian to His Majesty the King once and I consider it true for all times'.