Cohen, Rothstein, Michelson, Alksne, Lindgren

December 17, 2016

Morris Cohen

  • Morris Cohen, a Jewish man from Kishinev in Bessarabia, came to Australia in 1910 with his parents and lived in Melbourne, working as a cigarette maker.
  • His service in the AIF was short and he was released a week later.
  • After the war he married Sarah Rebecca Marks and lived in Melbourne, working as a cleaner.

Morris Rothstein

  • Morris Rothstein, a Jewish man from ‘Cherkavosk’ (Cherkasy?), came to Melbourne in 1915 and worked as a steward on ships.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and the 5th Field Artillery Brigade on the Western Front.
  • After the war he lived in Melbourne and Sydney, working as a manufacturer. He married Rachel Glick and had three daughters.

Albert Gustav Michelson

  • Albert Gustav Michelson, a seaman from Arensburg (Kuressaare) in Estonia, came to Australia in 1913 and worked as a labourer in the Port Pirie smelters. In 1914 he married an Australian girl, Emma Key.
  • He served with the 5th Pioneer Battalion on the Western Front.
  • After the war he moved with his wife to Western Australia and lived in Boulder and Esperance, working as a labourer.

Carl Michael Alksne

  • Carl Michael Alksne, a Latvian from Orega, came to Australia in 1916 as a seaman.
  • He served with the 18th Battalion on the Western Front and was wounded in October 1917 at Passchendaele; he was returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he lived in Sydney, serving as a consul for Latvia in 1921-1923 and working as a carpenter.

Charles Lindgren

  • Charles Lindgren, a Finnish seaman from Tampere, came to Australia in 1904. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he was farming in Kukerin in Western Australia.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Perth, he was allocated to the tunnellers reinforcements, but stayed in Australia and was discharged a year later.
  • It has been impossible to determine his whereabouts after that.