Aide, Goldstein, Britain, Phillips

July 4, 2016

Martin Aide

  • Martin Aide from Riga came to Australia in 1900 and worked in Western Australia as a labourer and waterside worker. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he was married to Louisa Boseley and was farming in the Albany area.
  • He served with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. In May 1917 he was wounded at Bullecourt in the right leg, but recovered and rejoined his unit.
  • After the war he was farming in Dongolocking, in Western Australia and later moved to Perth.

Frank Goldstein

  • Frank Goldstein, a Jewish man from Ruzhin in Ukraine, came with his mother to England in his youth and mastered a trade of a jeweller. He came to Sydney in 1907, married Florence Rosa Saunders, and had by the time of his enlistment in the AIF had three children.
  • He served with the 23rd Battalion on the Western Front. In May 1917, at Bullecourt, he was wounded in the head; recovering he continued his service and was wounded in May 1918 at Ville-sur-Ancre in his eye, which had to be removed.
  • He returned to his family in Sydney and worked as an ice cream vendor.

Samuel Britain

  • Samuel Britain, a Jewish man from Vilna (Vilnius in Lithuania), came to Melbourne in 1912 to join his uncle and worked as a cutter and designer in the clothing industry.
  • He served with the 11th Machine Gun Battalion on the Western Front until he was returned to Australia because of defective vision in 1917.
  • After the war he lived in Melbourne working as a clothing manufacturer. He married Jean Morrison in 1922, but his wife died the same year, after the birth of their daughter Jean.

John Phillips

  • John Phillips, a Finnish seaman from Wasa, travelled the world. He fought for 3 years in Spanish-American war and spent 4 years in South Africa. In Australia he worked in intercolonial coastal sailing. He was married to Evelin Low and had three children.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in October 1915 but was discharged at the request of his wife a month later. Reenlisting in June 1916 he served with the 12th Machine Gun Battalion on the Western Front until he got sick with myalgia and returned to Australia.
  • After the war he continued seafaring, being shipwrecked on the American Coast in 1930, but survived the ordeal.