Szablowsky, Markowicz, Ball

August 16, 2014

Today we celebrate the lives of three servicemen:


Julian Szablowsky

  • Born in Dlugosiodlo, Poland; works as a cook on Australian ships.
  • He is the first former Russian-born subject to enlist, serving in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
  • He leaves for the USA in 1915, where, unemployed in the 1940s, he signs up for WWII service and vanishes from the records.


Alfred Jan de Topor Markowicz

  • Came from a noble Polish family.
  • Soon after the Gallipoli landing, he is detained on suspicion of being a spy, and fights for years to clear his name.
  • In 1935, defeated, he commits suicide, and is buried by a chevra kadisha, a Jewish burial society.


George Ball

  • A Briton, Ball was born and raised in St Petersburg, and comes to Rutherglen, Victoria at 18.
  • Wounded in the Gallipoli landing, he is awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry at Lone Pine.
  • Killed at the Somme in 1916.
  • He is commemorated officially in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and in the local Rutherglen newspaper by his friend, Violet Hicks. His St Petersburg family was never found.