Peter Swirgsdin

Russian spelling <br>**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)
Family 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
Naturalisation 1918
Residence after the war Oolbun, Townsville, Cairns, Qld

Service #1

Service number 21275
Enlisted 18.10.1915
Place of enlistment 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


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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'.