1/10/1914- Appointed LIEUTENANT 16th Battalion
16/12/1914- Promoted CAPTAIN 16th Battalion
12/04/1915- Embarked Alexandria Egypt with Meditteranean Expeditionary Forces for Gallipoli Peninsula
2/05/1915- Wounded in Action Gallipoli ( Gunshot Wound Upper Arm ) ex 4th Australian Field Ambulance
5/05/1915- Promoted MAJOR 16th Battalion on Return to Duty Gallipoli ex Wounded
8/10/1915- Granted Leave Alexandria Egypt
9/11/1915- Rejoined Unit in the field Gallipoli ex Leave Egypt
30/12/1915- Disembarked Alexandria Egypt ex Gallipoli
9/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria Egypt
10/06/1917- Appointed  LIEUTENANT-COLONEL in Command 14th Battalion in the field Belgium
17/08/1917- Granted Leave Paris
1/09/1917- Rejoined 16th Battalion ex Detachment 14th Battalion in the field France
23/09/1917- Admitted 2nd Red Cross Hospital Rouen France ( Synovitis Knee- Displaced Cartilage Left Knee )
1/10/1917- Evacuated/Admitted 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth England
12/11/1917- Transferred Cobham Hall Convalescent Hospital England
27/12/1917- To No. 1 Command Depot Sutton Veny England
31/12/1917- To No. 3 Command Depot Hurdcott England
7/02/1918- Passed Fit for General Service by Medical Board England
18/03/1918- Resigned from AIF to Accept Commission with 38th Battalion Royal Fusiliers Ludd Palestine
2/06/1944-  Date of Death– ( Cremated Karrakatta Cemetery Perth- Ashes subsequently placed Rehovot Israel, in 1949 )


Service Medals Awarded

1914/15 Star – No. 155

Distinguished Service Order


Memorial Inscription

Collie War Memorial, Western Australia.



Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette :  30 November 1916

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : Page  3234,  Position  25

Date of London Gazette : 13 July 1916

Location in London Gazette : Page  6955,  Position  38




 MARGOLIN, Eliazar Lazar,MAJOR, 16th Battalion 4th A.I. Brigade- Gallipoli Peninsula September to December 1915- ” Commanded the defensive line on the North Bank of the Khaiajik Dere under difficult and trying circumstances , and, by his example kept efficient and in good spirits the Garrison of this post which was much weakened by fatigue and sickness,  during the period September 1 to 12.  Subsequently, in November and December he commanded No. 2 Sub-Section of the defnsive line held by the Brigade, and organized the improvement of the Defences, and the vigorous patrolling of the front most effectively.  During the re-embarkation on December 19th, he Commanded the rear party of his Battalion in a most praiseworthy manner “.


Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : 21 September 1916

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : Page  2622,  Position  8

Date of London Gazette : 3 June 1916

Location in London Gazette : Page  5576,  Position  7



– Born in Belgorod RUSSIA on 26 March 1875
– Migrated with parents & brother & sister to Palestine in 1892 at 17 years of age
–  After Death of both parents , he continued to work the Family vineyard & Almond Orchard, until Sale in 1902
– He migrated to Australia, settling in Collie WA, ex Sydney, being Naturalized in 1904
– In 1911 formed the Collie Company of 1st Battalion Western Australian Infantry Regiment Australian Military Forces and commissioned SECOND LIEUTENANT
–  Promoted CAPTAIN 16th Battalion Australian Imperial Force in December 1914
– On 25 April 1915 led ” B ” Company in landing at Gallipoli
– Awarded the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER for work as Temporary Commander of the 16th Battalion from 18 September 1915 until evacuation December 1915
–  Appointed TEMPORARY LIEUTENANT COLONEL in command of 14th Battalion from June to September 1917
– In March 1918 appointed LIEUTENANT COLONEL in charge of 39th Battalion Royal Fusiliers – This was one of three volunteer Jewish Battalions of the British Army to engage the Turks in Palestine
– Margolin remained in Palestine after the Armistice and in mid 1919 formed the The First Jewish Battalion of Judea , being financed by the British Army
–  In mid 1920 Margolin became a Hero of the Palestinian Jews when his 300 Soldiers intervened in Arab-Jewish Riots in Tel Aviv
– He was appointed GOVERNOR of Jerusalem
– Margolin returned to WA in 1921 and served as Vice President of the RSSILA, was a Foundation member of the Perth Legacy Club, President of the 16th Battalion Association and President of the Naval & Military Club.
– He married Hilda Myrtle ENGLAND on 24 July 1926, and they had no children
– As per Instructions in his will, his widow took his ashes , together with his Medals & Decorations & Cermonial Sword to Israel for placement in 1949
– His widow was humbled to be met by a Military Guard of Honour who led a procession through villages to Tel Aviv , then to his final resting place beside his parents at Rehovot, Israel.
– Israel’s Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion , a former Officer in Margolin’s Jewish Army, was amongst the mourners
– A memorial to LIEUTENANT-COLONEL Eliazar Lazar MARGOLIN was unveiled at Rehovot, Israel,  in 1956.