Stephen Surovsov

Russian spelling

Степан Суровцев

Born 2.08.1891 (WWI) or 2.08.1882 (WWII)

Place Klimov, Chernigov, Russia

Ethnic origin Russian

Religion Roman Catholic [?] (WWI enlistment); Russian Orthodox (WWII enlistment)

Father George Surovsov

Mother Daria Estahoff


Lily Kathleen Surovsov (née Harrison), married 1925, Wickham, NSW

Residence before arrival at Australia Served in the Russian Army for 3½ years (Corporal)

Arrived at Australia
from Far East
on 23.05.1914
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Brisbane

Residence before enlistment Balgowan Colliery near Oakey, Qld

Occupation 1915 miner, 1920 labourer, 1941 gardener

Service 1
service number 292
enlisted 9.10.1915
POE Toowoomba, Qld
unit 1st Tunnelling Company
rank Sapper, Lance Corporal, Corporal
place Western Front, 1916-1918
awards 8.11.18 Mentioned in despatches (31/12/1918)
final fate RTA 20.04.1919
discharged 26.07.1919

Service 2 (WWII)
service number N387017
enlisted 17.12.1941
POE Willoughby, NSW
unit 7 GB
rank Private
final fate Died 17.01.1943 while serving

Naturalisation 1921

Residence after the war Newcastle, Sydney, 1924 Dee Why, NSW, 1941 Willoughby, NSW

Died 17.01.1943, Qld, buried Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry 1 2 (AWM)

WWII service records (NAA)

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (in Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (in English)

Donna Baldey, 'Corporal Stephen Surovsov', 2012 on Tunnellers research website


Warwick Mayne-Wilson, 'The frustrations of researching old gardens', Phanfare, no 210, January - February 2005, pp. 8-11.

Newspaper articles

Soldiers' tribute. Labor government appreciated. Pre-election letter. - Daily Standard, Brisbane, 30 April 1918, p. 3.