Fritz Winnin

Fritz Winnin, 1915
Courtesy of Diane McCubbin

Alias Fritz Carl Alfred Winnin, known as 'Fred'; Frederick

Born 25.07.1892

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin German / Latvian

Religion Lutheran

Father John Winnin

Mother Lena Winnin


Wife Amy Elsie Winnin (née Rylatt, late Hecktor), married 1918; children: Frederick John (1919-1939), William Thomas b. 1920, Elsie Margaret b. 1923, Gordon James b. 1925


Friend Valdimar Hektor, with whom he served together and whose widow he married

Residence before arrival at Australia Worked on sailing barques as a sailor from Cardiff, mostly to America

Arrived at Australia
from New York
on 7.03.1916
per Milverton
disembarked at Newcastle,NSW (deserted ship - information from the family)

Residence before enlistment Newcastle, NSW

Occupation 1916 seaman; 1925 miner sewerage, 1939 labourer

service number 2195
enlisted 8.03.1916
POE Newcastle
unit 1st Pioneer Battalion, 5th Pioneer Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 15.02.1918
discharged 11.07.1918 MU

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 2.04.1965, Sydney


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Wife's alien registration (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[During WWII] Fritz Winnin, employed by the Water Board, was threatened with the sack for being an alien, at the same time as his three sons were enlisting in the army and the RAAF.