Alexander Egoroff

Alexander Egoroff
Courtesy of Egoroff family

Russian spelling

Александр Алексеевич Егоров

Born 23.11.1881

Place Bestuzhevo, Riazan, Central Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Alexi Egoroff

Mother Anna Egoroff


Wife Lillian Egoroff (née Hampson), married 1918 in Sydney (b. 1893 - d. 1956); Alexander Robert Egoroff b. 1919, Lily Egoroff (1920 - 2002), Nancy Dorothy Egoroff b. 1921, Alexandra Egoroff b. 1923, Mary Egoroff b. 1925, Peter Egoroff b. 1927, David Egoroff b. 1928, William Egoroff (1930 - 2000), Jean Margaret Egoroff b. 1931, Shirley Elsie Egoroff b. 1934 (information from Egoroff family)

Arrived at Australia
from Vladivostok
on 10.03.1909
per Yawata Maru
disembarked at Sydney

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation 1915 motor driver; after the war gardener and poultry farmer

service number 2137
enlisted 7.07.1915
POE Liverpool, NSW
unit 17th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
casualties WIA 1916, 1917
final fate RTA 18.10.1917
discharged 14.05.1918 MU

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Plumpton, NSW

Died 18.01.1940, Plumpton, NSW


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Kevin Fox, Bestuzhevo to Blacktown... The Story of Alexander Egoroff Reserve

Blog article




The untold story of Russian Anzacs, Memento: News from the National Archives, no. 29, May 2005, pp. 4-6, ills.

"... A profoundly touching aspect of Elena's research is just how many Russian families have reconnected because of her efforts. Her book is richer too, because it includes the personal narratives of some of the descendants of the Russian Anzacs. Alexander Egoroff's story is a good example - a man on paper brought more fully to life by the memories of his children and grandchildren who, despite their best efforts, had lost touch with their relatives in Russia until they came into contact with Elena..."

Elena Govor, Russian Anzacs and Anzac legends

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Yes, in the face of death they were mates, but it needed time for this mateship to take root. Sometimes it only happened long afterwards. Barbara Fox relates what her grandfather Alexander Egoroff said about the Somme winter of 1916-17: 'He said that he had to sleep outside the trench as the Australian soldiers told him there was not enough room for him in the trench. So he covered himself with the blankets and slept outside the trench. It was snowing and his hands were stiff when he woke up.' And she adds circumspectly, 'It could have been because he was Russian, but we do not really know'. Yet, after the war he had a special day once a year -- Anzac Day. Even when, in the 1930s, he was making his living at Plumpton as a gardener and raising his ten children by himself while his wife was in hospital, every year on that day he would put on his best suit and head into Sydney for the reunion of his 17th Battalion. He bore no grudges. The men he, as a stretcher-bearer, had carried off the battlefields recognised him and showed their appreciation, even if sometimes he himself could not remember their faces. And, together, they sealed their comradeship with a drink.