John Putre, a seaman from Libava (Liepaja) in Latvia, came to Australia in 1906 and lived in Sydney. His younger brother Andrew followed him to Australia several years later.
Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front, attaing the rank of Lance Corporal. He was wounded three times: in May 1917 at Bullecourt he was wounded in the knee; in April 1918 at Hazebrouck he was severely wounded in the chest, right arm and scalp. Recovering in England he returned to France and won a Military Medal for his bravery during the advance towards Bray and Chuignes. A few weeks later, at the advance south of Peronne he experienced shell concussion, with a rupture of eardrum. His brother, who enlisted in the AIF as well, was wounded a few days earlier.
After the war he married Agnes Victoria Stonehouse and lived in Sydney working as a seaman and coal lumper.
Fedor Michael Oossoff, a Russian man from Sheremetevo in Simbirsk Province, came to Western Australia in 1911. He had the occupation of a bricklayer.
Enlisting in the AIF, he served with the 57th Battalion on the Western Front, being later transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion where he served as a driver. In August 1918, at Chuignes, he was severely wounded in his left arm, both legs, head and chest.
In 1917, before he was despatched to the front from England, he met an English woman, Marion Knight, who worked as a waitress. They married in February 1918, and after he recovered from his wounds, they sailed to Australia together. They settled in Melbourne, where Fedor worked as a storeman and labourer.