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Nathan, Myer (6858A)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 21 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 5 December 1916 – Hobart, TAS

Service Number: 6858A            view online service record

79 Evans Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Amelia Janet Maher (mother)
79 Evans Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 21 November 1917
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion – 20th Reinforcements

DOW: Sunday, 23 May 1918
Place: France

Lieutenant, 1 Divisional Ammunition Column, killed in action 23 May, 1918, aged 19, commemorated Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Parents: Myer (late) and Amelia “Millie” Jane NATHAN, born Port Melbourne. educated Melbourne University. He enlisted in Hobart as a 19 year-old student with his mother at 79 Evans Street, previously served with the Melbourne University Rifles. Only child and only one of the Jewish faith from Port Melbourne listed as a casualty, but his name appeared on the Port Melbourne Presbyterian Church (Bridge Street) honour roll (Standard, 22 December, 1917). No circular was returned.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1918 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 15 June, p. 2. , viewed 18 Apr 2018,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted July 17, 2017 12.13 pm 0Likes

    NATHAN. — Officially reported died of wounds, 23rd May, at 20th General Hospltal, France, No. 6858, Act. Corporal Myer Nathan, 24th Battalion, the dearly loved and only child of Millie and the late Myer Nathan, loved stepson of J. Maher, South Wharf Police Station, also loving fiance of Ethel Stenniken.

    Our brave, bonnie boy.
    The roll has been called, and our boy is missing;
    The one we loved dearly will answer no more;
    And our lives must go on, though our hearts may be breaking, .
    Till earth’s night is finished, and life’s journey o’er:
    And Myer will, wait with a smile and a welcome;
    Where sadness and sorrow and pain are unknown.
    And God in his infinite mercy will call us,
    To rest with our loved one before His great throne.
    Missing? Yes, missing
    From a home that ill could spare:
    When the roll is called up yonder
    Our loved son will not be missing there.

    (Inserted by his loving mother and stepfather,79 Evans street, Port Melbourne)

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