John Laub
Service number 5707

John Laub served in the icy waters of the North Sea as a Stoker in the Royal Australian Navy during World War One.

What little remains of John’s service record reveals he was born at South Brisbane on August 25, 1888, and joined the Navy on November 8, 1916 at Williamstown in Victoria.

A blacksmith by trade and a widower, John had named his sister Milly Laub, care of the Post Office Canungra, as his next of kin.

After almost two and a half years’ service to his country, John was discharged from the Navy in Brisbane on June 24, 1919, two months before his 31st birthday.

“Served in the icy waters of the North Sea.”

Stokers at work on the battlecruiser HMAS Australia.

(Image: Imperial War Museum; Public Domain.)

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