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Larin, Wolfson, Bockmelder, Pannel, Williams

Woldemar Larin

  • Woldemar Larin, a Russian born in Verny (now Almaty, Kazakhstan), took part in the Russo-Japanese War and came to Australia in 1905 as a political refugee. He lived in the remote areas of north-western Australia, working as a prospector and miner, later moving to Fremantle. When he applied for naturalisation, the intelligence officer suspected him of being an anarchist.
  • In January 1918 Larin enlisted in the AIF in Fremantle in the Medical Corps as a pharmacist, but was discharged soon afterwards due to poor vision.
  • After the war he settled in Fremantle, working as a lumper, and when he got older, as a watch repairer. He was known by the nickname ‘Russia’ and often got into trouble with the local police for minor offences.

Jacob Wolfson

  • Jacob Wolfson, a Jewish man from Mogilev in Belarus, came to Australia in 1917 as a seaman and deserted his ship.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in Sydney and sailed for the Western Front as a gunner in the 4th Division Artillery Column, but they arrived to France only in January 1919.
  • Returning to Australia he worked as a labourer in Sydney.

Charles Bockmelder

  • Charles Bockmelder, a seaman from Riga, was seafaring in the South Pacific already at the end of the nineteenth century. He came to Australia in 1901 and continued working on the ships.
  • Enlisting in the AIF in Sydney, he served on the Western Front with the 34th Battalion, where he injured his leg and was returned to Australia.
  • After the war he worked as a labourer in Sydney.

Peter Pannel

  • Peter Pannel, an Estonian seaman from Arensburg (now Kuressaare on Saaremaa Island), came to Australia in 1914.
  • He enlisted in the AIF in January 1918 in Sydney, but was discharged soon. His service records have not been found.
  • After the war he continued seafaring from Sydney, but after 1920 disappears from the records.

John Oscar Williams

  • John Oscar Williams enlisted in the AIF in January 1918 too and was discharged soon after. His service records have not been found.