Service Number: 1707
Enlisted: 9 December 1914, Enlisted at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Riga, Latvia, Russia, 6 January 1889
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 23 August 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill South Mine Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1707, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Enlisted at Adelaide
1 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, 1707, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli
1 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, 1707, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

On the 29 December 1913 John was Naturalised having arrived at Port Pirie, SA on board the Empire Transport on 6 October 1911. John lived at Port Pirie for a couple months before moving to Brokin Hill, NSW

Residential address at the time of enlistment was Morish Street, South Broken Hill, NSW

Next of kin was given as his brother A. Amolin of Cafe de Paris, Suvorara Street, Fourteen, Riga. Russia. Last known address for his mother, Anna Amolin was Jauna Rump Muiza, number 22 Flat 5, Riga, Latvia

Two of his brothers, Peter and August Amolin, who served in the Red Army and were  later shot in Petrograd in 1920 after having been found guility by a Bolshevik Court Martial for being spies for Germany

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private John Amolin whose death in the Dardanelles was reported in the 87th casualty list, was born in Riga, on the Baltic (Russia), but had lived in Broken Hill for six years previous to enlistment. He was 26 years of age. He had worked in the Central mine as a miner, and left for the front on March 30, 1915, with the 4th Reinforcements, of the 16th Battalion. Private Amolin was killed on August 23 by shrapnel. He had boarded in South Broken Hill with Mrs. Grigg, of Morish-street. His personal friend and companion, Private Letcher, was killed in the Central mine after a period of guard duty at Largs Bay. Private Amolin was a member of the Alma Lodge of Druids. His parents live at Riga, his birthplace.