Robert Meerin

Robert Meerin
Aldis Putnins, Latviesi un Anzaku diena

Born 19.10.1889

Place Riga, Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian

Religion Church of England

Father Joseph Meerin


Wife Vera Meerin (née Downer), married in 1928 in Sydney

Arrived at Australia
from Rotterdam, Holland
on 17.03.1909
per Irby
disembarked at Broadmount, Qld

Residence before enlistment Bundaberg, Mackay & Sydney

Occupation 1914 wharf labourer, 1916 rigger, 1930 labourer

Service 1
service number 2845
enlisted 21.08.1916
POE Sydney
unit 3rd Pioneer Battalion, 3rd MG Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1919
discharged 12.05.1919 in London

Service 2 (British Army)
enlisted 1919
unit Middlesex Regiment, the North Russian Relief Force
rank Interpreter
place Russia, 1919-1920
discharged Ca 1920

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Sydney

Died 02.1951, Sydney


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Family Tree on


Aldis Putniņš, Latvieši un Anzaku diena: Roberta Mieriņa raibās gaitas, - Laikraksts Latvietis Nr. 253, 2013. g. 18. apr.

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Loading sleepers. - The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 December 1938, p. 5.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] five Russians enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment, mostly as interpreters, and served with the North Russian Relief Force: Alex Alexandroff, from Vladivostok (a former cook), Robert Meerin and Anthony Minkshlin, from the Baltic region (both former seamen), Ivan Odliff, from Nizhny Novgorod (a former boiler-maker), and Paul Smirnoff, a 19-year-old former miner from Vologda, northern Russia. Richard Gregorenko planned to join them but later changed his mind and returned to Australia. They arrived in Archangel in summer 1919 and fought against the pro-Bolshevik forces in the area until the final evacuation of Allied forces a year later. Minkshlin was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for this campaign.