Troyle, Tchorzewski, Brynkeveh, Wineberg, Mekenass

April 30, 2016

Konrat Jank Troyle

  • Konrat Jank Troyle, from Abo (Turku) in Finland, came to Australia probably as a seaman and worked in Western Australia as a farmhand.
  • He served with the 16th Battalion on the Western Front. Two months after arrival he was captured as a prisoner of war at the battle for Riencourt. He survived for sixteen months in German camps, but died from influenza in October 1918.

George Marion Tchorzewski

  • George Marion Tchorzewski, a Pole from Ukraine, came to Australia in 1882 as a child with his parents. His father was sugar-cane farming in the Bundaberg area.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, George arrived with the 52nd Battalion in England, but got sick and was returned to Australia.
  • After the war he married a Ukrainian woman, Polly Sakaranko, and continued farming in the Bundaberg area.

Hypolit Brynkeveh

  • Hypolit Brynkeveh, a Polish man from Lodz, worked in Australia as a cotton worker and miner.
  • He served with the 45th Battalion on the Western Front, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. In June 1918 he was wounded in the head, but recovered and returned to his battalion.
  • After the war he worked on the ships as a greaser; in 1921 he married an Australian girl, Eva Kay. Soon after that he disappears from the records; he probably left Australia.

Harry Wineberg

  • Harry Wineberg, a Jewish man from Warsaw in Poland, came to Australia in 1900 and worked as a jeweller in Western Australia. He was married to an Australian woman, Sarah Shineberg.
  • He served with the 16th Battalion on the Western Front. In August 1916 he was wounded at Mouquet Farm and returned to Australia.
  • After the war he moved with his family in Sydney, where he worked as a salesman.

Alfred Joseph Mekenass

  • Alfred Joseph Mekenass (he served as Makeness), a Lithuanian from Panevežys, came to Australia in 1912 and worked as a labourer and gang overseer.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in Newcastle and sailed with the 1st Pioneer Battalion to the Western Front, but while in Egypt was diagnosed with blindness and returned to Australia as medically unfit.
  • He married an Australian girl, Linda Irene Coward, in 1917 and lived in Hexham working as a rigger. In 1925 he was injured in an accident at work and died in hospital.