Pimonoff, Popoff, Sandberg, Waxman, Lihpin

August 22, 2016

Waseli Pimonoff

  • Waseli Pimonoff was born in a village near St Petersburg. He came to Brisbane in 1915 as a seaman on a sailing ship from London and worked as a railway labourer.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in Rockhampton, but was discharged two months later as medically unfit.
  • After the war he made several attempts to return to Russia to reunite with his wife and parents, but finally stayed in Australia, working as a labourer and waterside worker in Queensland, Melbourne and Sydney.

Alick Popoff

  • Alick Popoff from Penza came to Australia in 1915 as a sailor.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Sydney, he served with the 21st Battalion on the Western Front.
  • After the war he continued his occupation as a merchant seaman, working on British ships.

Carl John Sandberg

  • Carl John Sandberg from Borgo in Finland came to Melbourne in 1907 and worked as a miner and labourer in Victoria.
  • He served with the 58th Battalion on the Western Front. In September 1917 he was wounded in the head and shoulder in the battle for Polygon Wood near Ypres and died of his wounds two days later.

Samuel Waxman

  • Samuel Waxman, a Jewish man from Warsaw, came to Melbourne in 1912 and worked as a salesman and draper.
  • He served with the 24th Battalion on the Western Front. In March 1918 he was gassed at Ploegsteert, but recovered and continued his service.
  • After the war he married Leah Peskin and had a family, working as a cloth merchant in Melbourne and Adelaide.

George Lihpin

  • George Lihpin from Riga came to Australia in 1911 as a seaman, deserting his ship in Geelong.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Adelaide as George Haak, he was discharged six months later as medically unfit. He made one more attempt to enlist in the AIF in 1917 and disappears from the records after that.