Bekza Boris Dezantoff

Russian spelling

Бекза Борис Дезантов (Жантиев)

Born 2.05.1885

Place Vladikavkaz, Ossetia, the Caucasus

Ethnic origin Ossetian

Religion Russian Orthodox

Father Gregory Dezantoff


Wife Luba (Lucy) Dezantoff, b.1885, Siberia

Arrived at Australia
from Russia
on 21.12.1912
per Nikko Maru
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Port Pirie, SA

Occupation Labourer at the Broken Hill Assoc. Smelters Pty Ltd

service number 4755
enlisted 21.10.1915
POE Adelaide
unit 10th Battalion, 50th Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917, 1918 (twice)
final fate RTA 6.11.1918
discharged 2.03.1919

Naturalisation 1940

Residence after the war Port Pirie, SA

Died 20.05.1967 at Port Pirie


Naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau file

Army pay file (NAA)


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

Blog article



From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

[...] in April [1916] the Mongolia brought ten Russians from South Australia, among them five Ossetians from the Port Pirie smelters who had joined up together in October 1915 -- Soltanoff, Gasieff, Mamsuroff, Dezantoff, and Tolparoff.

[...] Three of the remaining Ossetians from Port Pirie who enlisted together were among the casualties [at Villers-Bretonneux]: Moss Malsag Mamsuroff was killed, Alexei Tolparoff was taken prisoner, and Bekza Boris Dezantoff was wounded.