Mik Atoff

Alias Michael Atoff

Russian spelling

Михаил Атaeв

Born 1895

Place Khristianovskoe (Digora), Ossetia, the Caucasus

Ethnic origin Ossetian

Religion Roman Catholic (?)

Father Alexander Atoff [Ataev]

Arrived at Australia

Residence before enlistment Bundaberg, Qld; Kurri Kurri, NSW

Occupation Wheeler, miner

service number 7683
enlisted 13.09.1917
POE West Maitland, NSW
unit 1st Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1918
final fate RTA 31.05.1919
discharged 29.07.1919

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Received permit to leave Australia after the war


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM)

Court-martial records (NAA)

Alien registration (NAA)


Елена Говор, Осетинские анзаки. - Северная Осетия, 14 сентября 2007.

И.Т. Марзоев, Н.О. Малкарова, Эмиграция осетин в страны Северной Америки и Австралию в первой трети ХХ века, Владикавказ, 2016, с. 58-59.

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

The strain experienced by the Australian troops by this time was enormous and was beginning to show. On 21 September [1918] a company from the 1st Australian Battalion which was due to be relieved was, instead, ordered back into action -- an order they refused to obey. A Russian among those who mutinied was Mik Atoff, formerly a miner in West Maitland. The mutineers were court-martialled, accused of desertion, and given sentences that were later suspended.