Surovsov, Helm, Mackomel, Grip

October 16, 2015

Stephen Surovsov

  • Stephen Surovsov, born in Klimov in Chernigov Province, served for 3 years in the Russian army as a corporal. He probably had some education, as in the records of his arrival to Australia his occupation was noted as clerk and carpenter. He landed in Brisbane in 1914, just on the eve of the war, and worked as a miner in Balgowan Colliery near Oakey in Queensland.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served as a sapper in a Tunneling Company on the Western Front and was mentioned in the despatches for his service.
  • After the war he lived in Dee Why, working as a gardener. During WWII he joined the AIF and died in Brisbane while in service.

Hjalmar Johannes Helm

  • Hjalmar Johannes Helm was born in Abo in Finland. Arriving in Australia in 1911, probably as a seaman, he worked as a labourer.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Brisbane, he served on the Western Front in the Field Artillery Brigade as a gunner. In October 1917, at the battle for Passchendaele, he was wounded in the back and shoulders, but after recovering returned to the trenches.
  • After the war he lived in Queensland, working as a labourer.

Samuel Mackomel

  • Samuel Mackomel (he served as Muchomel) was born in Odessa and came to Western Australia in 1911 to join his uncle.
  • He worked as a blacksmith and when he enlisted in the AIF he was allocated to the 4th Division Ammunition Column, serving as a farrier sergeant. He served on the Western Front.
  • Returning to Perth, he married Celia Golding from Alexandria in Egypt, and worked as a café owner.

Harry Grip

  • Harry Grip was a Finnish seaman from Helsingfors (Helsinki).
  • He was just nineteen when he enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne. He served in the Machine Gun Battalion on the Western Front until he got sick.
  • After the war he returned to Finland.