Alexander Eisy Belfort

Alexander Belfort
Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 10 August 1918, p. 23

Alexander Belfort
(Application for seaman's protection certificate, USA, 1919)

Alias Alexander Belfor

Russian spelling

Александр (Саша) Бельфор

Born 25.02.1891

Place Odessa, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Alter Leibovich Belfor

Mother Malia

Residence before arrival at Australia 1907 came to New York from Odessa; worked on American Line 1914-17

Arrived at Australia
from Auckland
on 31.01.1918
per Austrapool or Liberty
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Gladstone, Qld

Occupation 1907 electrician; 1918 marine engineer

Service (Depot)
service number 58187
enlisted 2.07.1918
POE Rockhampton, Qld
rank Private
discharged 21.08.1918 MU

Naturalisation Applied in USA in 1915

Residence after the war 1919 from Auckland & Vancouver to Honolulu; 1920-1929 sailed on American ships; 1926 deserted his ship in Odessa, USSR


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised application to enlist in the AIF (NAA)

Alien registration 1 2 (NAA)

Intelligence records (NAA)

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From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

The adventures of Alexander Belfort, whose AIF depot service was short, as he tried to enlist in the AIF with an old fracture to the right forearm, took him all over the world. In 1919 he sailed from Australia to New Zealand, then to Hawaii and Vancouver. During the following years he made numerous trips between Mexico, Peru, Spain, Turkey and the USA. In 1926, when his American ship visited Black Sea ports in the Soviet Union, he deserted the ship in Odessa. We still do not know how his life and the lives of other repatriates in Ukraine or Russia turned out, but as their archives begin to open to the public, we will one day be able to uncover their stories.