Nicholas Rodionoff

Russian spelling

Николай Федорович Родионов

Born 28.03.1884

Place Tomsk, Siberia or Perm, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Theodor Rodionoff


Wife N. Rodionoff, Tomsk, Siberia

Arrived at Australia
from Japan
on 15.10.1912
per Empire
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, SA

Occupation 1916 carpenter, 1920 wheeler, 1921, 1926 miner, 1939 coal miner

service number 5824
enlisted 20.06.1916
POE Newcastle, NSW
unit 3rd Tunnelling Company
rank Sapper
place Western Front, 1917-1918
casualties WIA 1918
final fate RTA 7.07.1919
discharged 13.10.1919

Naturalisation 1926

Residence after the war 1920 Branxton, 1921, 1926 Kurri Kurri, 1934 Dutchess Beach, NSW

Died 20.09.1948 at Nelson's Bay, NSW


Digitised naturalisation 1 (Rodinoff - in error) 2 (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

Court martial file (NAA)

Personal case file (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

WWI alien registration (NAA)

WWII alien registration (NAA)


Russian Anzacs (Russian)

Russian Anzacs (English)

1921, Nicholas Rodionoff and William Frederick Holl, at Unfit for Publication

Newspaper articles

Quarter sessions. Serious charges. - Maitland Daily Mercury, Tuesday 8 November 1921, p. 4.

Russian's day out. - Newcastle Sun, 2 March 1922, p. 4.

Man found dead in hut. - Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, 25 September 1948, p. 2.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Further indications of military command's approach towards the Russians may be found in courts-martial proceedings. Many disciplinary cases, such as 'using insubordinate language' (and army life made it easy for Russians to pick up that kind of 'language' quickly), made no reference to their Russian origin at all and the trials were unbiased. [...] Nicholas Rodionoff, a former carpenter from Perm, while drunk wounded another soldier and called him a 'British Bastard' when this soldier, 'skylarking' with a friend, bumped against him. At the trial no reference was made to Rodionoff's origin and his commanding officer gave him a good character.