Tripp, Tworek, Katajisto, Oberman

February 6, 2016

Andrew Tripp

  • Andrew Tripp, a seaman from Piarnu in Estonia, served for two years in the Russian army. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he lived in Sydney.
  • He served with the 18th Battalion on the Western Front.
  • After the war he continued his seafaring occupation. During WWII he was employed on American small ships in New Guinea waters.

Joseph Tworek

  • Joseph Tworek, a Polish man from Warsaw, came to Australia in 1913, probably as a seaman, and worked in Sydney as a ship’s steward.
  • He enlisted in the AIF, but was discharged six months later as medically unfit.
  • After the war he lived in Sydney, marrying a Polish woman, Phyllis Sthrowzki.

Erik Reinhold Katajisto

  • Erik Reinhold Katajisto, a seaman from Abo (Turku) in Finland, deserted his ship in Melbourne in 1914. When enlisting in the AIF he gave his occupation as a bootmaker.
  • He served with the 46th Battalion on the Western Front. He was wounded in June 1917 near Messines and rejoined his battalion after recovery. In March 1918 he left his battalion, and was court martialed and sentenced to 5 years penal servitude.
  • He was released in 1919 and returned to Australia. He settled in South Gippsland, married an Australian girl, Hilda Sofia Simpson, and worked as a bootmaker. During WWII he enlisted in the RAAF.

Leo Oberman

  • Leo Oberman (served as Abramam), a Jewish man from Goldingen (Kuldiga) in Latvia, came to Australia in 1913 and worked as a salesman in Perth.
  • He enlisted in the AIF as Leo Abramam and served with the 5th Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1916 he was wounded at Mouquet Farm and returned to Australia.
  • After the war he lived in Adelaide and Melbourne and worked as a robe manufacturer.