Cemon Afendikoff

Alias first name: Cim, Cimon, Simon, Semon, Sam, Samuel; surname Affendikoff, Affendakoff

Russian spelling

Семен Николаевич Афендиков

Born 15.05.1888 or 1889

Place Odessa, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Russian / Greek

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Nicholas Afendikoff

Mother Vella (?)

Arrived at Australia
on 09.1915

Residence before enlistment Sydney

Occupation Seaman, labourer

service number 6032
enlisted 1.03.1916
POE Sydney
unit 20th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1917-1919
casualties WIA 1917 (twice), 1918 (gassed)
final fate RTA 19.06.1919
discharged 3.10.1919

Naturalisation Was not naturalised

Residence after the war 1919 Sydney, 1920 Nimitabell, 1921 Sydney, Newcastle, 1935 Gordonvale, Qld

Died 19.12.1939, Gordonvale, Qld


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised personal case file (NAA)

Blog article



From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

[Another] person with non-Slavic ethnic heritage among our Anzacs was Cemon (Simon) Afendikoff, born in Odessa. He had a Greek-derived surname, but, like Ukrainian Germans, the Afendikovs could have been assimilated into the surrounding Slavic culture for generations.

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

We find Simon Afendikoff, three times wounded at the Western Front, applying in 1935 for a copy of his discharge because of the 'wear and tear of constantly carrying it on my person in all weather'.