John Cherpiter

AWM memorial panel 150

Alias Cherpita

Russian spelling

Иван Черпита

Born 1882

Place Kamenets-Podolskii, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Ukrainian

Religion Greek Orthodox

Father Domitrey [Dimitry] or MItrofan Cherpiter

Mother Mary Cherpiter


Wife Anastasia Cherpiter, daughter Lucy (Nadezhda)

Arrived at Australia
on 1912

Residence before enlistment Adelaide

Occupation Boot maker

service number 4749
enlisted 29.10.1915
POE Adelaide
unit 10th Battalion, 50th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1917
final fate KIA 2.04.1917
memorial 26 Villers-Bretonneux, France

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject


Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised Roll of Honour circular (AWM)

Digitised Army payfile (NAA)

Digitised personal case file (NAA)

Blog article



From Falling stars: The story of Anzacs from Ukraine:

John Cherpiter, serving with the 50th South Australian Battalion, was killed in the battle for Noureil on 2 April 1917. Sadly, we know very little about him. A native of Kamianets-Podilskyi, he came to Australia a couple of years before the war, and worked as a boot-maker in Adelaide. Unusually among the Ukrainian Anzacs, he had a wife and daughter when enlisting. Two years after his death his wife Anastasia received his personal effects, which included '2 combs, small Australia badge, letters, Russian? official paper, shark tooth (mounted)'. She signed with a cross, which suggests she may have been illiterate.