Michael Ravensby’s original name was Rowinski. He was a Polish farmer; conscripted into the Russian army he fought in the Russo-Japanese War, where he became a prisoner of war. He came to Brisbane in 1910 with several other Poles and Russians who later enlisted in the AIF. He worked as a labourer, building railways and cutting cane in Queensland. In 1911 he married an Australian woman, Alice Byrness, and by the time of his enlistment had two daughters.
He served in Egypt as a trooper, allocated to the Light Horse and Field Ambulance.
After the war he lived in Wynnum and Nambour, working as a labourer and a farmer.
Andrew Johnson, a Finn from Wasa, lived in Kalgoorlie by the time of his enlistment in the AIF.
He served with the 28th battalion on the Western Front. In August 1916, at the battle for Mouquet Farm, he was wounded in the leg. In December 1916 he was buried during an explosion and although he was dug out, he became chronically weak, developed defective vision and was returned to Australia as medically unfit.
He died soon after his discharge from the Army, in Geraldton.