Daniel Nazarow came from the village Zaplavnoe, near Astrakhan. Ethnically he was Russian, but belonged to the Judaizing Talmudists by denomination. He spent two and a half years in Palestine and came to Western Australia in 1912, leaving behind his wife and two children. In Australia he worked as a labourer, clearing land, and then as a miner in outback areas; in 1917 he was injured in a dynamite explosion.
In May 1918 he enlisted in the AIF, but was discharged soon afterwards due to medical reasons and lack of English.
After the war he worked as an umbrella mender, and then again as a miner, living in Sydney and different areas of Western Australia.