Frederick August Dambelis

Born 26.02.1884

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Stephans Dambelis


Wife Mary Raymond Dambelis (Goddard, nee McCrudy), died in 1924, one child

Residence before arrival at Australia Was in England for 11 years

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 3.12.1913
per Indrapurra
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1918 motor driver and rigger, 1926 gas employee

Service (Depot)
service number 86790
enlisted 2.03.1918
POE Sydney
unit Australian Flying Corps
rank 2nd class Air Mechanic
discharged 31.12.1918

Naturalisation 1926

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 20.02.1950


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The Australian Flying Corps was an élite unit and a small group of Russians was regarded as being sufficiently trustworthy to serve in it. They included three former seamen -- Eloranta, Juckham and Tomrop -- who served in the 1st Flying Squadron in Egypt. Edward Sevald, from Riga, who had studied at aviation school in Russia, had a successful career with the 3rd Flying Squadron in France as a sergeant mechanic. Frederick Dambelis, also from Riga, a former rigger who 'understood motor car driving', became an air-mechanic (2nd class).