Eliazar Margolin, soldier
Major Eliazar Margolin, a Russian-born immigrant living in Western Australia, was one of several hundred Jewish-Australian enlistees in the AIF. In March 1918, the decorated yet badly wounded officer sought an early discharge. He was determined to embark on a new phase of his military career defending his loyalty to Palestine, his childhood homeland. Eliazar's resignation enabled his command of the Jewish Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, a volunteer legion formed by the British to fight in Palestine. In September 1918 he joined the offensive against Turkish forces in the Middle-East, becoming a celebrated hero. After the Armistice, he returned to Australia in 1921.