Oscar Yurak

Alias Yurack, Jurak
Born 12.11.1885
Place Salismunde, via Riga, Latvia
Ethnic origin Latvian
Religion Lutheran
Father John Yurak
Residence before enlistment Sydney
Occupation Labourer
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Residence after the war Melbourne

Service #1

Service number 2668
Enlisted 20.07.1916
Place of enlistment Sydney
Unit 39th Battalion, 8th Battalion
Rank Private
Place Western Front, 1917
Final fate RTA 27.09.1917
Discharged 10.12.1917, services no longer required


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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Even when they lacked support from the Russian authorities in London, Russian soldiers who applied for a discharge before the revolution were not prosecuted by the AIF. Oscar Yurak, from Riga, argued in April 1917: 'I enlisted in Australia on the assurance of the Russian consul in Sydney that I would be transferred to the Russian Army on my arrival in Europe', but his request was refused. He added, 'I believe ... in battlefield, every soldier to be amongst his own people' and affirmed that he did not 'intend to soldier with the Australian Army'. No disciplinary action was taken against him, however, and he was returned to Australia in September 1917.