Johannes Benjamin Merkulski

Johannes Benjamin Merkulski

Johannes Benjamin Merkulski

Johannes was 33 years old when he enlisted in June 1915. He has been working in the Ross district as a farm labourer, blacksmith and farrier. He was born in Russia but had been naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1909, after living in the Ross district for about 6 years.

Johannes arrived in France in March 1916, assigned to the Field Artillery Brigades. In September 1918, he was promoted to Farrier Sergeant.

He returned to Australia, and to Ross in 1919, later settling in Melbourne. In 1922, he married Josephine Hodgson. Johannes died in 1962 and his ashes are interred in the Fawkner Memorial Park in Melbourne.

Johannes’ story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.