John Frederick Stepanoff

Russian spelling

Иван Федорович Степанов

Born 16.05.1899

Place Krasnoiarsk, Siberia, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Church of England

Father Frederick Stepanoff; Stepfather Fred Pochernekoff

Mother Elizabeth Pochernekoff


Wife Violet Matilda Stepanoff (nee Conway), married 1930, Southwark, UK

Arrived at Australia
from Dairen, Korea
on 28.06.1911
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Maryborough, Ipswich, Qld

Occupation 1916 carpenter, 1937 seaman

service number 2737
enlisted 20.04.1916
POE Sydney
unit 54th Battalion, 3rd Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1919
casualties WIA 1917 (twice), 1918
final fate RTA 31.05.1919
discharged 21.08.1919

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject, 1935 in the UK

Residence after the war 1920 Brisbane, 1921 Harden; Newcastle, 1929 London, 1937 Sydney

Died 1980, Sydney


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Alien registration (NAA)

Investigation Branch file (NAA)

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Up north Pochernikoff's fish-shop, located first in Townsville and then Ipswich, acted as a gathering-place for Russians -- Pochernikoff's step-son, John Stepanoff, served in the AIF, too.