Jack Vengert

Jack Vengert
SL NSW a872517

Alias Ivan Weingart; Vingert

Russian spelling

Иван Вейнгарт

Born 2.05.1891

Place Kiev or Odessa, Ukraine

Ethnic origin German / Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox or Church of England; buried as Jewish

Father Jim Vengert


Wife Emma Adeline Gudshus, married 1917 at Sydney; children Rita (1915-1982), Elsie (1918-2006)

Arrived at Australia
from Russia via China
on 1913
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Brisbane, Sydney, Wyong, NSW

Occupation 1915, 1918 cook, 1917 railway watchman, 1925 storekeeper, 1937 fruiterer, 1949 flat proprietor

Service 1
service number 332
enlisted 16.02.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 18th Battalion
rank Private
place Gallipoli, 1915
casualties WIA 1915
final fate RTA 2.02.1916
discharged 9.06.1916

Service 2
service number 59380
enlisted 24.05.1918
POE Gosford, NSW
unit 18th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1918-1919
final fate RTA 9.08.1919
discharged 24.08.1919

Naturalisation 1925

Residence after the war Sydney, Brisbane, Sydney

Died 17.12.1963, Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Vengert, Jack - Naturalization certificate granted 24 April 1925 (NAA)

Tree on Ancestry.com

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Wyong. Police court news. - The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate, 13 June 1918, p. 3.

O Susie! Says Vengert wouldn't marry her. - Truth, Sydney, 6 February 1921, p. 4.

Vanished. Vengert says wad went away. - Truth, Sydney, 8 April 1928, p. 23.

Mother seeks son.. - Advocate, Burnie, Tas., 5 Sept 1931, p. 2.

Building gutted. Tenants narrow escape. - Cairns Post, 15 August 1936, p. 6.

13-year-old girl and fruiterer. - Truth, Brisbane, 9 February 1941, p. 23.

Fruiterer is freed in court. - Truth, Brisbane, 16 February 1941, p. 27.

Life was tough; Women's woes. - Truth, Sydney, 23 February 1941, p. 21.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Frank Lesnie, who had landed at Gallipoli in August in company with a number of Russians from 17-20th Battalions, wrote home on 1 November: 'I can only say this; the 18th Battn. ... arrived here 10 weeks ago and now 64 of the original lot remain. Most of them have gone away sick and wounded, but I don't know how many were killed. The 18th were dead unlucky, going into a charge the day following their landing.' That charge was in the battle for Hill 60, a fierce engagement at close range. Two Ukrainian-born soldiers from the 18th Battalion received bayonet wounds in it: Jack Vengert, previously a cook, bayoneted in the wrist; Walter Pivinski, a former sailor, 'wounded on the left eye with a bayonet', also had shrapnel wounds to the hand, a 'fracture of skull', and was 'wounded to the back through explosion of shell'. Both men were transported to Australia to recover, and both chose to return to the battlefields again.