Zangey, Shlipnekoff, Brostrom, Poppel

June 30, 2015

Alexander Zangey

  • Alexander Zangey, an Ossetian from Vladikavkaz, came to Australia before the war and worked in Queensland as a labourer.
  • Enlisting in the AIF, he served on the Western Front with an artillery division, having the ranks of gunner, acting corporal and driver. In November 1916 he was killed at the Somme.
  • After the war the Australian authorities made a number of unsuccessful attempts to find his family in Ossetia.

Conrad Shlipnekoff

  • Conrad Shlipnekoff, an engine fitter from Voznesensk near Vladimir in Central Russia, enlisted in the AIF in Brisbane.
  • He served with the 25th Battalion at Gallipoli and with the 49th Battalion on the Western Front. In November 1916 he received gun shot wounds to his side at the Somme and, after months in English hospitals, he was evacuated to Australia as medically unfit.
  • After the war he lived in Brisbane in Spring Hill and Wooloongabba.

John Brostrom 

  • John Brostrom was born in Svarto in Finland. He came to Australia in 1912, most likely as a seaman, and worked as a labourer in Bundaberg in Queensland and Grenfell in NSW.
  • He came to Gallipoli with the reinforcements to the 15th Battalion in October 1915. In November he fell ill with typhoid and was evacuated to Australia. Recovering, he returned to the service, arriving at the Western Front in June 1916. In August he was killed in the battle for Pozieres.
  • His father Fredrik Fritof Brostrom was found after the war in Finland.

Edward Poppel

  • Edward Poppel, an Estonian from Dago (Hiiumaa) Island, came to South Australia in 1911. He worked as a labourer in Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula.
  • He came to Gallipoli with the reinforcements to the 10th Battalion. In April 1916, on the way to the Western Front, he became sick with nephritis and pleurisy and was sent to an English hospital and then back to Australia.
  • After the war he served in the merchant navy, working in South Australia from Ceduna to Port Elliot, and was active in local RSSILA branches.