Effim Chernianin

Consular approval for Effim Chernianin's enlistment
Service records (NAA)

Alias Edward Peter Cheney

Russian spelling

Ефим Чернянин

Born 20.01.1890

Place Eniseisk, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Roman Catholic (?)

Father Peter Chernianin

Mother Agrafena Chernianin


Wife Stella Luise Owens, married 1918 in Cheltenham, UK; 1920 married Ruby Myrtle Eades in Adelaide

Residence before arrival at Australia Served 3¾ years in the Russian Navy

Arrived at Australia
from San Francisco
on 9.10.1912
per General Pasqua
disembarked at Port Pirie, SA

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Adelaide

Occupation 1915 seaman, 1918 fitter and turner

service number 5066
enlisted 27.12.1915
POE Adelaide
unit 10th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate RTA 12.03.1918
discharged 15.07.1918

Naturalisation 1918

Residence after the war Adelaide, SA

Died 24.05.1960, South Australia


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Court martial records (NAA)

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau file 1 2

Army pay file (NAA)

Family tree on Ancestry.com

Blog article



Newspaper articles

Separation granted. - News, Adelaide, 9 July 1928, p. 2.

Rations by false pretences. - Observer, Adelaide, 27 November 1930, p. 21.

Seaman's oratory has little influence with S.M.. - News, Adelaide, 7 June 1937, p. 7.

Novel court excuse. - Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 17 October 1940, p. 2.

Hat under arm. - The Advertiser, Adelaide, 17 October 1940, p. 15.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Service or naturalisation records are not where you'd normally expect to find out about mates; yet even here, sometimes, a piece of information will surface unexpectedly. [...] From Effim Chernianin's application for naturalisation, we learn about his friend Private Nicholls: they returned together from the front and for his own holding address Chernianin gave his friend's mother's address