Bevolsky, Paltie, Markoff, Johnson, Janshewsky

September 19, 2015

Paul Bernard Bevolsky

  • Paul Bernard Bevolsky from Piarnu in Estonia served in Russia on submarine miners. He came to Australia in 1911 and worked in Sydney as a storeman.
  • He served with the 1st Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1916 he was wounded in the wrist and forearm at the battle for Pozieres. Evacuated to an English hospital, he continued his service in Britain, being appointed temporary sergeant in 1918.
  • While in Britain he married an English woman, Harriet Elizabeth Bowes, a widow with two children, whose husband had been killed during the war. In 1920 they all left for Australia, where their son Harry was born in 1920. They settled in Wentworth Falls, where Paul worked as a gardener. In 1924 his wife died, leaving him with three children. Paul changed his name to Bowes and later moved to Sydney, where he worked as a storeman. His son Harry served in the AIF in the WWII and was killed in Egypt.

Samuel Paltie

  • Samuel Paltie, a Jewish man from Talsen in Latvia, first moved to Glasgow in Scotland and in 1901 came to Australia with his wife Ada and two children Martha and Joseph. They lived in Sydney where Samuel had a secondhand shop on Campbell Street.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in September 1915, he was discharged two months later at his wife’s request. His son Joseph, born in Scotland, enlisted in the AIF at the end of war but was too late to be sent overseas.
  • After the war Samuel lived in Sydney and Brisbane, continuing his business.

Makar Markoff

  • Makar Markoff from Melikhovo in Kursk Province left Russia when he was a teenager and worked as a fireman on the ships. He came to Australia not long before the war.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served in the artillery units as a driver on the Western Front.
  • After the war, spending a few years in Australia, he returned to Russia, where he received Australian pension until it was stopped in 1937 and trace of him was lost.

John Johnson

  • John Johnson, a seaman from Riga, worked in Coonabarabran in NSW as a labourer.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Dubbo, he served with the 20th Battalion on the Western Front. He was wounded in the head during the advance in March 1917. Recovering, he returned to his unit and was wounded once again, in the battle for Mennin Road, at Ypres, and again to the head. After the second wound he was evacuated to Australia.
  • After the war he worked as a wharf labourer in Sydney and later moved to Brisbane.

Edward Rudolph Janshewsky

  • Edward Rudolph Janshewsky, a fireman from Libava (Liepaja) in Latvia, came to Australia in July 1915 and enlisted in the AIF two months later.
  • He served with the 1st Pioneer Battalion on the Western Front, but his servive was marked with numerous AWLs and two court-martials, so that he was not eligible for war medals.
  • After the war he married a woman from New Zealand, Signa Hansen, and settled down in Sydney working as a bootmaker. Here he played in the Workers’ Art Club performances. During WWII he enlisted in the AIF once again, working in a boot repair section.