Noscov, Wikstrom, Reise, Anderson

October 31, 2015

John Noscov

  • John Noscov from Markushino in Ekaterinburg Province came to Brisbane in 1914, on the eve of the war. After working for several months in Bundaberg, probably as a cane cutter, he enlisted in the AIF in Brisbane.
  • His service was short: four months later he was discharged for lack of English along with another Russian, Vladimer Valichea.
  • After the war Noscov settled in Townsville and started a business as a motorcar proprietor. In 1924 he married Mary Ellen Mulligan and had a large family.

Karl Wikstrom

  • Karl Wikstrom, a sailor from Abo in Finland, by the time of enlistment in the AIF, was in Geraldton in Western Australia.
  • He came to the Western Front with the 51st Battalion in June 1916; in August 1916 he was severely wounded in the hip and abdomen at the battle for Mouquet Farm, and died of his wounds the following day.
  • His father, Karl Wikstrom, who lived in Leningrad, was found after the war and received an Australian pension.

George Reise

  • George Reise, an Estonian sailor from Piarnu, came to Australia in 1914.
  • Enlisting in the AIF he served with the 56th Battalion on the Western Front, where a few weeks after arrival he was severely wounded in the hand at the battle for Sugarloaf in July 1916. After spending some time in English hospitals he was returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he continued working as a sailor, being based in Sydney and Newcastle.

William Anderson

  • William Anderson, a Finn from Abo, by 1915 worked in Sydney as a wharf labourer. He stated that he naturalized in New Zealand, where he had lived earlier. He had gunshot scars on his back, which suggests that he had war experience in his younger years.
  • In January 1915 he made an attempt to enlist in the AIF while in Perth, but was rejected as medically unfit (he was nearly forty by that time). He was accepted in October 1915 in Sydney and sailed to the Western Front with the 18th Battalion. Reaching France, he got sick and returned to Australia suffering from rheumatism and nephritis.
  • In 1918 he married an Australian woman, Florence Maud Peters, but died in Sydney hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage and nephritis in 1922.