Charles Oscar Zander

AWM memorial panel 61

Charles Oscar Zander
Australian Jewry book of honour, Perth 1923

Charles Oscar Zander
Chronicle, Adelaide, 1916

Born 11.10.1885*

Place Viteika near Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania

Ethnic origin German

Religion Church of England

Father Gustav Wilhelm Zander, naturalised in Russia*

Mother Anna Zander


Wife Ethel Agnes Zander (nee Ripsher), married 1916 in London, stepdaughter Ethel b. 1909, stepson Edgar Reginald Horne b. 1910; all lived in London during WWI

Residence before arrival at Australia Was brought up by his grandmother, took to the sea, since 1903 served on British ships.

Arrived at Australia
from England?
on About 1911
disembarked at South Australia?

Residence before enlistment Port Adelaide, SA

Occupation AB Seaman

service number 804
enlisted 26.08.1914
POE Morphettville, SA
unit 10th Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal, Corporal
place Gallipoli, 1915; Western Front 1916
final fate KIA 22.08.1916
memorial 26 Villers-Bretonneux, France

Naturalisation 1910 naturalised in London


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Army pay file (NAA)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

*Information from Charles Oscar Zander's naturalisation certificate (National Archives, Kew) kindly provided by Jonas Mockunas

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia


Елена Говор, Белорусские Анзаки, Białoruskie Zeszyty Historyczne, 2013, no. 40, c. 53-108.

Newspaper articles

Late Cpl. Zanders, The Register, Adelaide, 13 October 1916, p. 6

The Late Corporal Zanders, Chronicle, Adelaide, 28 October 1916, p. 45, portr.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The very first contingent [...] -- this First Fleet of the new Australian nationhood -- left Australian waters in early November 1914 with at least 12 Russians: the Finns Baer and Hiltunen, the ethnic Russians Arn, Kamishansky, Sast and Sindeeff, the Polish-born Markowicz and Watson, the Jews Zander and Levene, and the Russian-born Englishmen Ball and Dyson.