Kortman, Croker, Minkshlin, Rowehl, Turkulain

August 6, 2015

Ernest Hyalmar Kortman

  • Ernest Hyalmar Kortman was born in Helsingfors (Helsinki) and came to Australia in 1909, probably as a seaman. He lived in Port Pirie, Yorktown and Edithburgh in South Australia.
  • He served on the Western Front in the 15th and 25th Artillery brigades and was killed in August 1917 in Belgium.
  • His family was found after the war.

Edward Croker

  • Edward Croker, a Jewish man from Goldingen (Kuldiga) in Latvia, was born as Crakowsky. He came to Western Australia in 1909 and worked as a fruitirer and commercial traveller.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he did not serve long and was discharged at his own request.
  • After the war he married Rose Dryen and lived in Melbourne.

Anthony Minkshlin

  • Anthony Minkshlin was born in Libava (Liepaja) in Latvia and came to Australia as a seaman.
  • He served in the Light Horse regiment on the Western Front as a trooper. After the Armistice he joined the British Army and was sent to Russia with the Russian Relief Force, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
  • After the war he returned to Latvia, but in 1923 sailed back to Australia.

Edwin Nicholas Rowehl

  • Edwin Nicholas Rowehl was born in Libava too, and came to Australia in 1915 as a sailor on the ship Gunda, which he deserted with three other men from the Russian Empire. One of them was his brother, who enlisted a few months later.
  • While serving in the AIF as a sapper, he trained with the wireless signal company.
  • After the war he worked as a stevedore in Port Melbourne. In 1946 he placed an advertisement in the newspaper commemorating the passing of his comrade Fred Keal.

Bernard Turkulain

  • Bernard Turkulain, a Finnish seaman from Vyborg, came to South Australia in 1910 on the Russian ship Sopernik. He worked as a butcher’s labourer in Adelaide, married an Australian girl, Alice Mary, and had a daughter.
  • He served with the 27th Battalion on the Western Front and in 1917 was returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he lived in Adelaide.