Konrat Jank Troyle

Born 1890 or 17.10.1886
Place Abo (Turku), Finland
Ethnic origin Finnish
Religion Lutheran
Father Johann Troyle
Mother Elizabeth Troyle [Turja]
Residence before enlistment Dangin, WA
Occupation Farm hand
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Service #1

Service number 6588
Enlisted 25.03.1916
Place of enlistment Blackboy Hill, WA
Unit 16th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1917
Casualties POW 1917-1918
Final fate Died as POW 13.10.1918 Rugen Island, Gohren from influenza
Cemetery 4 Berlin South-Western Cemetery Stahnsdorf, Germany


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Newspaper articles

Western Australia. - Sunday Times, Perth, 31 January 1915, p. 28.

West Australia. - Weekly Times, Melbourne, 6 February 1915, p. 22.

Groperdom gossip. - Sun, Kalgoorlie, 23 September 1917, p. 7.

The Kaiser's captives. - Sunday Times, Perth, 30 September 1917, p. 3.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Hjalmar Karhu, a Finnish former seaman from Western Australia, gave his account of what he called 'the first "stunt" at Bullecourt' [1917], in which he was wounded as he tried to retreat. 'We reached the second line of enemy trenches. "Fritz" counter-attacked us and our bombs ran short. Our chaps were retreating, and I tried to get back to our lines.' The wounded Karhu was captured by the Germans. Another four Russians were also captured on the same day: three other Finns -- Matti Harsila, Konrat Troyle and Frans Fredrikson -- and Charles Reppe, from Riga, who was one of the first Russians to enlist.

[...] [As prisoners of war in their letters to the Australian Red Cross] they did not mention the empire by name, but what they said was no less important. Vladimer Valichea and Konrat Troyle requested Australian battalion colours and badges. [...] Troyle wrote, explaining to Miss Chomley why he was asking for more tobacco, 'it almost seems presumption on my part to want more but there are other Britishers here with me who are not so fortunate as me regarding tobacco and it's not possible to refuse a comrade a smoke'. Two months after writing this Troyle was dead; a victim of influenza, he died in October 1918 on RĂ¼gen, an island off the German coast in the Baltic Sea.