Gambrill, Ullstedt, Lambahirt, Poplawski

January 21, 2015

Oscar Norton Gambrill

  • Oscar Norton Gambrill came from a family of a British merchant who lived in St Petersburg for many years. His father died when he was 12. In 1914 Oscar came to Australia and tried himself as a station hand in Longreach, in outback Queensland.
  • With the Light Horse Regiment he served in Gallipoli; he continued his service on the Western Front with the Division Ammunition Column as a driver, but was later transferred to his Division HQ.
  • After the war he took a commercial course in Clark’s college in London and was discharged in England, planning to work for a company in Southern Russia. Later he worked as a trader in Egypt, ending up a company director. He died in Egypt and was buried in Cairo.

Alfred Ullstedt

  • Alfred Ullstedt, a Finish sea captain, came to Australia in 1907 and settled in the Rockhampton area, working as a sawyer. In 1913 he was involved in a mining accident.
  • While in the AIF, he served as a driver in Egypt and on the Western Front.
  • He married soon after discharge from the Army and lived in Sydney working as a painter. He served in the Garrison Battalion during WWII and died soon afterwards.

Theodor Lambahirt

  • Theodor Lambahirt came from Vindava (Ventspils) in Latvia; he studied at the school of commerce in Riga and came to Australia as a sailor.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he landed at Gallipoli in July 1915 with reinforcements to the 5th Battalion and was killed at the Lone Pine battle in August.
  • His mate from the battalion gave him a tribute in a newspaper advertisement. Lambahirt’s mother was found in Latvia and received an Australian pension.

George Poplawski

  • George Poplawski from Warsaw, emigrating to Australia, worked in Cooma as a telegraphist.
  • He enlisted in Brisbane and sailed with reinforcements to the 15th Battalion to Egypt. He did not reach Gallipoli, being returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • While still in the Army in Brisbane, he died in a tram accident.