Ernest Tomrop

Alias Ernest Henry Tomrop; Harry; Tom

Born 24.02.1889

Place Vindava (Ventspils), Latvia

Ethnic origin Latvian / Scottish

Religion Church of England

Mother was Scottish


Wife Amy Bell (nee Kershaw) Tomrop, married 1932, Sydney

Residence before arrival at Australia Was at sea for 9 years; Tom was born Ernest Henry Tomrop, on a sailing ship in Russia in 1891. His American mother died at his birth. His Russian father was the ship's skipper and Tom grew up serving his time "before the mast" in sail and steam. Running from his father's harsh discipline, he became an able seaman at 15, and jumped a German ship in Adelaide in 1910, at the age of 20. (From Richard Raxworthy, Harry Tomrop - Last of the 'Tin Hares')

Arrived at Australia
from Vindava, Russia
on 24.02.1908
per Neuminster
disembarked at Adelaide

Residence before enlistment Bordertown, Hahndorf, Tailem Bend, Pinnaroo Peak, Mannum, Blumberg (Birdwood), SA, Melbourne

Occupation 1912 labourer, 1916 seaman, 1920 aeroplane builder, 1921 rigger

Service 1
service number 534N
enlisted 17.04.1916
POE Melbourne
unit RANBT; 67th Squadron, 1st Squadron Australian Flying Corps
rank Private, 2nd Air Mechanic, 1st Air Mechanic
place Egypt, Palestine, 1916-1919
final fate RTA 5.03.1919
discharged 25.05.1919

Service 2
enlisted 1.01.1920
unit Australian Air Corps, Central Flying School, Laverton, Vic
discharged 27.04.1925

Naturalisation 1912

Residence after the war 1919 Melbourne, 1930 Sydney

Died 1984


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised RAAF service records (NAA)

Personal case file 1 2 (NAA)

Family tree on


Russian Anzacs (Russian)

Russian Anzacs (English)

Richard Raxworthy, Harry Tomrop - Last of the 'Tin Hares' Posted by: Tyroga

Newspaper articles

Compensation to unmarried woman. - Sydney Morning Herald, 6 November 1928, p. 8.

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).