Vincent Uscinski

Russian spelling Викентий Иосифович Ущинский
Born 7.03.1893
Place Ostrow, Lomza, Poland
Ethnic origin Polish
Religion Roman Catholic
Father Joseph Uscinski
Mother Bronislawa Uscinska (née Siennicka)

Siblings Lucina (Lucy) married George Sekachoff; Peter, Alexander, Boleslav (Bob), Stanislaw, Wladislawa (Gladys), Stefan

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in Harbin with his family
Arrived at Australia from Manchuria
on 30.04.1911
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane (with mother and siblings)
Residence before enlistment Brisbane
Occupation Signwriter
Naturalisation Served as British subject, applied for naturalisation in 1920
Residence after the war Brisbane
Died 10.07.1921, Coolangatta, in an accident

Service #1

Service number 3440 (ER); 3462 (NR)
Enlisted 15.05.1917
Place of enlistment Ipswich, Qld
Unit 41st Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1918
Final fate RTA 14.01.1919
Discharged 31.03.1919, MU


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Newspaper articles

Fatal riding accident. - Week, Brisbane, 15 July 1921, p. 24.

Fatality at Tweed Heads. - Northern Star, Lismore, 16 July 1921, p. 4.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Joseph Uscinski was one who was so deeply Russianised that he signed his application for Australian naturalisation in Russian, not in Polish. His family had moved from Ostrow (near Lomza, northeast Poland) to Harbin in China, where he worked on the railway and his eight children attended Russian school. In 1911 they migrated from Harbin to Brisbane; there, despite being Polish and Roman Catholic, they kept up their connections with the Russian community, his eldest daughter subsequently marrying a Russian ex-serviceman. Anna Sorensen's response to my questions about her grandfather Joseph is tinged with a grim irony: 'Yes, the family did speak Russian as well as Polish, with Joseph more proficient in Russian than in Polish. His stint in the Russian army had allegedly taught him to swear better than the Russians!'