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Григорий Кунин (Кункин)
Place Volozhin, Belarus
Ethnic origin Jewish
Mother Basia Kunkin
Friend of Ben Goffin
Arrived at Australia
from London, England
per Port Macquarie
disembarked at Melbourne
Residence before enlistment Melbourne
Occupation Carpenter, joiner, seaman
Service service number 5043
POE Carlton, Victoria
unit 22nd Battalion
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate KIA 18.09.1917
cemetery 112 Hooge Crater Cemetery Zillebeke, Belgium
Naturalisation Served as Russian subject
Roll of Honour (AWM)
Victorian news. - Hebrew Standard of Australasia, Sydney, 7 July 1916, p. 11.
Елена Говор, Белорусские Анзаки. - Białoruskie Zeszyty Historyczne, 2013, no. 40, c. 53-108.
From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:
Gregory Kunin, a Byelorussian who enlisted as a carpenter and seaman, was on outpost duty in a pill-box at Westhoek Ridge. He and nine other men were killed on the eve of the advance when 'An H.E. shell exploded on top of the pill box', according to his comrades: '... we dug out three bodies, those of Kunin, Cox and L/Cpl Northcote and the unrecognisable remains of the others, the men having been blown to pieces'. They were buried together with a cross over their grave, even though Kunin was a Jew. Ben Goffin, another Russian Jewish serviceman, enlisted and served with Kunin, of whom he wrote: 'He was a little dark fellow, full set, black curly hair. He was a great friend of mine.'