John Cherpiter was born in Kamenets-Podolskii in Ukraine. His Ukrainian name was probably Cherpita. He came to Australia about 1912 and worked as a bootmaker in Adelaide. By the time of enlistment he had his wife Anastasia and daughter Lucy living with him in Australia.
Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 50th Battalion on the Western front and was killed during the Noreuil advance in April 1917.
His wife received an Australian pension after his death, but after 1923 she and their daughter seem to disappear from Australian records and it is quite possible that they returned back to Ukraine. South Australian newspapers continued to commemorate his name on the day of his death up to the late 1920s.
Ludwig Edward Ahbol, born in Grose near Kuldiga in Latvia, came to Newcastle in Australia in 1907 as a seaman. He continued his occupation there, sailing between Australian ports.
He enlisted in the AIF as William Andersen, under which name he was sailing since 1897, and was naturalised in Australia, but later provided his true name. He went to the Western Front with the machine gun detachment of the 41st Battalion. In October 1916 he was appointed Lance Corporal, but a month later he got sick with pneumonia and died in December 1916.
His friend, Miss Kathleen Kennedy from Annandale, received his effects after the war. His relatives in Latvia have never been found.