Barfield, Blomquist, Gvinzadze, Jakimov, Kullerhein

January 29, 2016

Leopold Powell Warschaur Barfield

  • Leopold Powell Warschaur Barfield, a Jewish man from Radom in Poland, served in the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese war. He came to Australia in 1908 as a seaman and worked as a shipping agent, interpreter, and shopkeeper in Newcastle and married Rebecca Lewis in 1912.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 34th Battalion on the Western Front and was a runner in the Pachendale stunt. In December 1917 he was wounded in the left leg with an aerial bomb.
  • After the war he lived in Newcastle and South Australia, working as a commercial traveller, driver and interpreter. During WWII he enlisted in the AIF and served in a garrison battalion.

Hugo William Blomquist

  • Hugo William Blomquist, a Finnish seaman, came to Australia in 1912.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 45th Battalion on the Western Front. In June 1917 he was wounded at Messines, but remained on duty. In February 1918 at the battle for Hill 60 at Hollebeke he was taken prisoner.
  • Released after the war, he returned to Australia and worked as a station hand in New South Wales, dying in 1932 from TB.

Anisim Gvinzadse

  • Anisim Gvinzadse, a Georgian from Kutaisi, worked as a seaman since his youth, coming to Australia in 1911.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Newcastle, he was discharged a few weeks later as medically unfit.
  • After the war he was farming in Cooranbong, but later continued his occupation as a seaman.

Gregory Jakimov

  • Gregory Jakimov was born in Kamenets-Podolsky in Ukraine; his parents were ‘Bohemian’, i.e. from the Czech province of Bohemia. He came to Australia in 1911, most likely as a seaman, and worked at Momba Station in New South Wales.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 35th Battalion on the Western Front. In July 1917, at the battle for Messines, he was severely wounded in the left arm and repatriated to Australia.
  • After the war he married an Australian girl, Marjorie Alice Hayne, and was working as a farm manager and rural worker in Sydney area. His two sons served in the RAAF during WWII, and the elder, Gregory, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Jacob Kullerhein

  • Jacob Kullerhein, an Estonian seaman from Turbuneeme, by the time of his enlistment in the AIF, was in Sydney.
  • He came to the Western front with the 53rd Battalion in September 1916, and in November 1916, at the Somme, he was severely wounded by a bomb and died two weeks later.
  • His widowed mother was found after the war in Estonia and received an Australian pension.