Kavitski, Weinberg, Fraser

June 7, 2015

Vasily Kavitski

  • Vasily Kavitski, a Ukrainian seaman from Kiev, came to Australia in 1913 and worked as a labourer in South Australia.
  • He served with the 27th battalion on the Western Front. In September 1917 he was returned to Australia suffering from ‘trench foot’, a condition that plagued the army during trench warfare.
  • After the war he lived in Port Pirie, working as a boilermaker. In the early 1920s he received permission to leave Australia and most likely returned to Ukraine.

Atti Weinberg

  • Atti (Otto) Weinberg from Riga worked as a labourer in South Australia.
  • He served with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front. In July 1916 he was wounded in his right arm at the battle for Pozieres and evacuated to Australia.
  • After the war he took different jobs in outback New South Wales: he lived in Broken Hill, Moree and Cootamundra.

Ernest Fraser

  • Ernest Fraser, a sailor from Riga, lived in Wyalong in New South Wales.
  • Enlisting in the AIF he fought with the 13th Battalion at Gallipoli, and then served on the Western Front as a gunner in the 10th Field Artillery Brigade. In October 1917 he was gassed at Passchendaele, but continued service, latter attaing the rank of Farrier Corporal.
  • After the war he lived in Liverpool, NSW.