January 19, 2016
Gustav Albert Puring
Gustav Albert Puring from Riga, by the time of his enlistment in the AIF, was working as a labourer in Adelaide.
He served with the 32nd Battalion on the Western Front; in November 1918 he was attached to the 59th Battalion as a German interpreter.
After the war he married Hannah Faulkiner and lived in Port Adelaide, working as a wood contractor. He died in 1931 leaving behind six young children.
Ion Roshkovsky, a Jewish man from Tomsk in Siberia, came to Australia in 1915 and worked as a labourer in Brisbane.
A week after enlisting in the AIF he was discharged.
In 1917 he married Olga Trager from Russia and lived with his family in Brisbane and Sydney, working as a cook.
John Alfred Lehtonen
John Alfred Lehtonen, a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki), by the time of his enlistment in the AIF, was working as a wheeler in West Maitland in New South Wales.
He served with the 4th Battalion on the Western Front and was killed in January 1917 near Flers.
His parents were found after the war.
John Pavelkin, a Mordvinian from Ardatov in Simbirsk Province, came to Sydney from the Russian Far East in 1913 and worked as a miner in Cobar and Boulder.
Enlisting in the AIF, he served as a sapper with the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company on the Western Front. In July 1918 he was wounded in the leg and hand and repatriated to Australia.
After the war he worked as a labourer and seaman moving from Western Australia to Sydney. Newspapers would report about his performances on a ‘Russian string instrument’ ‘with harmony and sweetness’.
Emil Newman, a carpenter in Raumo in Finland, by the time of his enlistment in the AIF, was working in Newcastle.
He served with the 35th Battalion on the Western Front. He was court martialed once for disobedience and wounded three times: in June 1917 near Messines (shell-shock), in July 1917 (gunshot wound to the left arm), and in October 1917 at Passchendaele (in the right hand). After that he worked as a stretcher-bearer and was killed while carrying rations to the line by a sniper bullet in May 1918.